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Practical Ways to Cope with PTSD

It’s natural to experience anxiety, sadness, and other emotions after going through or witnessing a traumatic event. For many people, these feelings fade with time, but for those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and other distressing emotions don’t disappear.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder that can develop following a traumatic event. A few common symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and anxiety.

It can severely impact your quality of life, from your performance at work or school to your ability to participate in social situations. However, there’s hope. Annette Lusko, DO, and our team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine specialize in treating PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can cause intense symptoms that make you want to withdraw from daily life, but there are healthy ways to cope. If you think you could have PTSD, following these guidelines may be able to help you manage your emotions and improve your mental well-being.

Attend counseling

One of the best ways to cope with PTSD is to attend counseling or talk therapy. Different types of therapy are available, but they all act as safe spaces to share your feelings and emotions. 

By attending counseling, you have the support of a trained professional. Your counselor is there to help you work through what happened to you and give you practical advice for successful recovery in the long term.

Stick to a daily routine

Anxiety, sleep disturbances, and other symptoms can make maintaining a healthy daily routine difficult, but it’s important to stick to healthy habits as you find coping mechanisms that work for you. 

Make exercising a priority, because physical activity offers emotional and mood-regulating benefits. Even a 10-minute walk can improve your ability to cope with stress and other symptoms of PTSD. 

Mindfulness and acknowledgement may also help minimize symptoms of PTSD. Consider adding meditation or journaling to your daily routine to ease anxiety and other symptoms.

Reach out to loved ones

Experiencing PTSD may make you want to withdraw from friends and family, but social isolation can make your symptoms worse. Instead, reach out to loved ones in your life and don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

If you’re not ready to talk about your experience with family or friends, don’t worry. Consider finding a support group or other people who have PTSD. Talking with others who experience the same symptoms can help you feel like you’re not alone.

Consider ketamine therapy

One of the most common treatments for PTSD involves therapy and medication. Both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) can be used to treat PTSD, but these medications take time to build up in your body and produce benefits.

Ketamine infusion therapy, on the other hand, is an alternative treatment that begins working immediately to calm your mind. Infusion takes about 45 minutes, and you may feel temporary side effects, such as tingling or mild hallucinations. Your treatment plan will depend on your unique case, but you can expect to have about 4-6 infusions over a period of 3-4 weeks.

You don’t have to struggle with the debilitating symptoms of PTSD alone. Partner with Ketamine Integrative Medicine to find out if you could benefit from ketamine therapy. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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