How One Client Found Answers to His Challenges with Mindbloom
This interview follows Steve, a father, husband, and marketing professional on his journey of healing. Steve’s story is a real example of the healing and progress that can be made through ketamine therapy.
From managing his existing medications to making progress where other modalities have come up short, Steve’s story is a reminder of what is possible when you find what works best for you.
Some responses have been edited for clarity and flow.
What was your life like before starting Mindbloom?
I struggled with depression and anxiety my whole life. [Depression and anxiety] run pretty rampant in my whole family, diagnosed or not. It was in my mid-30s that I had my first confrontation with depression.
In battling that, I had several inpatient stays, worked on various medications, and stayed in therapy. It was up and down. We’d start new medications, I’d feel better for a few months, and then fall flat from there.
Thank you for sharing, that’s a lot of work and can be really challenging. You’ve now completed your first Mindbloom program, can you share what has changed and how your experience was?
One of the main things I walked away with was that, ‘wow my problems are actually simpler than they seem.’ They are not insurmountable. My mind was showing me how simple the solutions were. It wasn’t about doing things differently, it was about viewing them differently and giving me a different sense of perspective.
When I started doing the sessions, I got really clear messages/responses to my intention each time. In every session, I’d set an intention, and I’d get an answer to it within five minutes. Then my brain said ‘let me show you all this other cool stuff’ that I wasn’t expecting. Having that happen six times in a row was amazing.
Once I got to the right dose, I started to have the realization that this reality is not the only reality. In other words, there were multiple ways of looking at my situation. It was more of a feeling than an idea, there was a great philosophical, almost spiritual, realization.
Through my first Mindbloom program, I have been able to reduce some of my other medications. I got off of one entirely and my psychiatrist is helping me to taper down the rest of them.
My takeaway after six weeks was ‘don't worry about it so much,’ which is a perspective I didn’t really have before ketamine. I didn’t really feel in control of my own destiny, and that was one of the biggest takeaways from my first Mindbloom program.
What an incredible story. Did you have any hesitation or worries before starting your first program?
No, I never hesitated for a second. I had been through so much and was in such a deep depression, and I trusted the medication.
I didn’t really have high hopes. I went into it with low expectations, so there was nothing to be afraid of. But in the end, I was blown away by the results and the experience.
Glad to hear this. There are some individuals still considering the decision to begin, what would you say to someone considering Mindbloom?
It was the complete package, it was perfect. I spoke about it with my therapist, who was only familiar with IV, where people only go and have wild experiences and then jump back in their car. Where is the support, or the processing? When I saw Mindbloom, I felt like I would be taken care of on this rather sensitive journey.
People talk about it being expensive, but honestly, I think I paid for Mindbloom what I pay for therapy in a month, and it was worth every penny.
One thing for people to consider is that traditional approaches have had decades to solve the problem, and they haven’t. This is something new, and if you want to be at the forefront of approaches to changing your life, you’ll hear time and again from people that it has been a truly breakthrough phenomenon.
I wanted to take a bold step into an emerging therapy, and when you follow the guidance, everything from trust, let go, be open to what Mindbloom recommends about eating a snack and staying off social media, this Mindbloom approach is the most comprehensive, supportive, and caring that I could find out there today.
Is there anything else you would like to share that we haven’t touched on yet?
My intention for working with Mindbloom was to find a sense of purpose, and it culminated in something interesting.
In my 6th session, the last one, I had gotten a quick answer to my intention, and then with full force, my mind opened up the Sanskrit word “metta” (loving-kindness). Why am I being reminded of this? The medicine is reminding me to radiate goodness. But then I tumbled forward and my mind said ‘no, you have to show loving kindness to yourself.’ And that was such a great punctuation mark for the culmination of my program. The real answer is to be kind to yourself.
If you are considering ketamine therapy or Mindbloom’s programming, you can take our client eligibility survey to see if you are a candidate.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at +1 (800) 273-8255, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of depression or anxiety. Learn more about off-label uses here.
Side effects of ketamine treatment may include: altered sense of time, anxiety, blurred vision, diminished ability to see/hear/feel, dry mouth, elevated blood pressure or heart rate, elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure, excitability, loss of appetite, mental confusion, nausea/vomiting, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), restlessness, slurred speech, synesthesia (a mingling of the senses).
Do not proceed with ketamine treatment if any of the following apply to you:
- Allergic to ketamine
- Symptoms of psychosis or mania
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- CHF or other serious heart problem
- Severe breathing problem
- History of elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure
- History of hyperthyroidism
- Other serious medical illness
- Pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant
Ketamine has been reported to produce issues including, but not limited to, those listed below. However, lasting adverse side-effects are rare when medical protocols are carefully followed.
While ketamine has not been shown to be physically addictive, it has been shown to cause moderate psychological dependency in some recreational users.
- In rare cases, frequent, heavy users have reported increased frequency of urination, urinary incontinence, pain urinating, passing blood in the urine, or reduced bladder size
- Ketamine may worsen problems in people with schizophrenia, severe personality disorders, or other serious mental disorders.
- Users with a personal or family history of psychosis should be cautious using any psychoactive substance, including ketamine, and discuss potential risks with your MindBloom® clinician before proceeding with treatment.
- The dissociative effects of ketamine may increase patient vulnerability and the risk of accidents.
To promote positive outcomes and ensure safety, follow these ketamine treatment guidelines:
- Do not operate a vehicle (e.g., car, motorcycle, bicycle) or heavy machinery following treatment until you’ve had a full night of sleep
- Refrain from taking benzodiazepines or stimulants for 24 hours prior to treatment
- Continue to take antihypertensive medication as prescribed
- Avoid hangovers or alcohol intake
- Refrain from consuming solid foods within 3 hours prior to treatment and liquids within 1 hour prior to treatment
- Ketamine treatment should never be conducted without a monitor present to ensure your safety