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Ketamine is Helping Patients With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

You don’t have to navigate the symptoms of PTSD alone. Book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative

Ketamine infusion therapy is growing in popularity as a treatment for a number of mental health conditions. First used as an anesthetic, ketamine has pain-relieving and relaxing effects when used under medical supervision. 

A growing number of doctors are recommending ketamine therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. About 8% of Americans suffer from PTSD, a type of anxiety related to traumatic events.

Living with PTSD can make life difficult. Symptoms can include intrusive thoughts, severe anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares.

At Ketamine Integrative Medicine, you can find relief from the symptoms of PTSD. Annette Lusko, DO, and our team are experts in helping patients manage PTSD with ketamine infusion therapy.

PTSD and traditional treatments

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after you experience a traumatic event. While it’s normal for everyone to experience anxiety and distress after trauma, people with PTSD often experience severe symptoms for longer periods of time.

Antidepressant medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), are often prescribed for PTSD. Unfortunately, they can come with serious side effects, such as nausea, insomnia, and dry mouth.

PTSD and ketamine therapy

While SSRIs and SNRIs need to be taken regularly before they can begin alleviating symptoms of PTSD, ketamine therapy can bring relief quickly. Some patients find that just one ketamine infusion helps them manage PTSD, but Dr. Lusko often recommends a series of 4-6 treatments over a period of 3-4 weeks. 

Ketamine infusions are relaxing and soothing. Ketamine works by temporarily blocking pain receptors in your brain.

During your infusion, you sit in a comfortable chair for about 45 minutes as the ketamine solution is delivered into your bloodstream. Patients often describe floating, tingling sensations during treatment, and it’s not uncommon to experience mild hallucinations. These side effects, though, are usually short-lived and should disappear soon after your infusion ends. 

How ketamine fits into your PTSD treatment plan

If you think you or a loved one might have PTSD, it’s important to see a mental health provider with experience diagnosing and treating PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder can be treated with medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, or a combination of the two.

Everyone is affected by traumatic events differently, and the success you find with different treatments can vary. Dr. Lusko will work with your health care team to find the right strategy to manage your condition.

When you undergo ketamine infusion therapy, it can work to clear your mind. Ketamine can minimize symptoms of PTSD, so you can focus on working through your thoughts and feelings in cognitive behavioral therapy. 

You don’t have to navigate the symptoms of PTSD alone. Book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine to find out if ketamine infusion therapy can help you.

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