Ketamine Therapy for PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition in which an individual experiences or witnesses a traumatic event that is beyond a typical stressor and experiences behavioral, psychological, and mood symptoms because of the trauma. PTSD affects approximately 10% of the U.S. adult population and can happen when someone is exposed to serious injury, sexual violation, and the threat of death or injury.
Symptoms of PTSD
Common symptoms of PTSD include intrusive memories, flashbacks, reliving the trauma, nightmares, avoidance behaviors, changes in mood, irritability, blaming oneself for the trauma, anger outburst, increased startle response, feeling on edge and hyperalert, trouble concentrating, loss of emotional control, depression, and disrupted sleep.
PTSD is a debilitating condition that can seriously impact daily functioning, relationships, and social interactions. PTSD can also make it difficult for a person to maintain occupational functioning.
Traditional Treatments for PTSD
There are limited medication treatments available for PTSD. Typically, oral antidepressants are used and sometimes anticonvulsants, second-generation antipsychotics, and antihypertensive agents (such as prazosin or propranolol) are considered.
How Ketamine Therapy Treats PTSD
Ketamine treatment for PTSD works by tapping into our inner healing intelligence, which is our innate ability to process and heal through trauma. This type of healing process addresses the root cause of the symptoms, instead of numbing or covering up the symptoms.
Ketamine treatment for PTSD allows the mind to explore ways to health from trauma without the avoidance and hyperarousal that is a typically seen in PTSD.
Ketamine treatment for PTSD stimulates the mind to see things from a new perspective and allows us to redefine the relationship between the individual and the trauma experience.
Research studies indicate that ketamine therapy can significantly and rapidly reduce symptoms of PTSD.
Ketamine therapy is a newer and innovative treatment option for patients with PTSD.
Why Choose Ketamine Therapy for PTSD?
Ketamine treatment for PTSD gets at the root cause of the PTSD.
Ketamine therapy for PTSD allows for shifts in perspectives on issues that trigger PTSD and can “re-wire” the brain to react in a calmer and more peaceful state-of-mind to stressors or situational triggers.
Ketamine treatment for PTSD has a faster onset of symptom relief than traditional oral antidepressants and does not have the same side effect risk profile.