Ketamine for PTSD Treatment
Ketamine has emerged as a promising therapy for patients suffering from PTSD, providing rapid and substantial relief. If you, or someone you know, continues to struggle with the complex symptoms of PTSD, please call Rainfall Medicine and set up a free consultation to discover how ketamine infusions may be able to provide the relief you’ve been longing for.
PTSD is typically treated with a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)—a type of psychotherapy designed to change harmful thinking and behavior patterns—and serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medication.
Unfortunately, SSRIs—which increase your brain’s serotonin levels to reduce depression and PTSD symptoms—take approximately 4-6 weeks to work. Ketamine infusion therapy, meanwhile, can begin to take effect in as little as a single 45-minute treatment.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can develop after you experience or witness a traumatic event. While most people associate PTSD with military personnel and veterans, it can also happen to sexual assault victims, accident survivors, childhood abuse victims, and even those who have witnessed one of these experiences.
Those suffering from PTSD often feel sad, angry, lost, or detached from the people they love.
How Does Ketamine Help PTSD?
Medical experts believe that ketamine works by binding to the NMDA receptors in the brain, increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter glutamate. This neurotransmitter then activates your AMPA receptors, which affect mood, cognition, and thought patterns.
While some PTSD patients have experienced dramatic improvements, results vary so you and your provider will work together to design the right ketamine infusion therapy plan for you.
If your PTSD symptoms haven’t responded to traditional treatments, call the expert team at Rainfall Medicine to learn more about ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD.
What Are The Symptoms Of PTSD?
PTSD symptoms tend to vary from one patient to another. The onset of the symptoms can vary from one person to another. Some will show the signs as early as one month after the tragedy while for others it can be years before the symptoms come creeping in. People with PTSD will have challenges doing their daily chores or living a normal life. Most of the prevalent symptoms of PTSD include;
- Intrusive memories
- Changes in emotional reactions
- Negative thinking
Intrusive memories will be exhibited as flashbacks, nightmares about the trauma, emotional reaction to anything that reminds them of the events, and traumatic memories that can be recurring.
Individuals with avoidance symptoms will avoid making conversation relating to the traumatic event or try to prevent people or places that remind them of the terrifying incident.
Adverse changes in thinking patterns and mood take many forms. They include the following:
- Feeling frustrated about life
- Poor relationships with family and friends
- Thinking ill about yourself and other people
- Always having negative emotions
- Detaching themselves from people
Regarding physical and emotional changes—which could also be termed as arousal symptoms— the person will have problems sleeping or concentrating. They get easily frightened, have guilt or feelings of shame, engage in self-destructive behavior, and have emotional outbursts like rage and anger.
Are You A Good Candidate for Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Although it has been used for more than half a century as an anesthetic and pain reliever, ketamine is now proving to be very promising for PTSD treatment. Studies show that a high percentage of PTSD patients may find relief from their symptoms after undergoing a series of ketamine infusions.
If you are interested in learning more about how ketamine treatment for PTSD can help you, contact Rainfall Medicine today and schedule your free consultation.
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