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The Link Between Trauma and Depression

Depression is a common mental health problem that affects more than 16 million Americans. It’s a complex condition, and it’s often characterized by feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and disinterest in daily life.

Although it’s common, it can impact every individual differently. There’s often no clear cause of depression, but for some people, depression can be linked to past trauma.

In this blog, Annette Lusko, DO, of Ketamine Integrative Medicine explains the link between trauma and depression. She also discusses ketamine therapy and how it may be able to give you relief from the symptoms of depression. 

What is trauma?

Trauma is the emotional or psychological reaction to a distressing event. Trauma is very personal, and what’s considered a traumatic event can be relative. 

Some people can experience trauma in the form of one-time events, such as car accidents or an assault, while others can live through a span of trauma, such as childhood abuse or a terminal illness diagnosis.

The connection between trauma and depression

Going through trauma can cause a wide range of reactions, such as the following:

While many people learn to cope with these feelings with the help of counseling, therapy, or the passing of time, it’s possible to develop chronic health issues following trauma.

Experiencing trauma can increase your risk of developing common mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. If your symptoms following a traumatic event don’t dissipate with time, they may begin to interfere with your daily life and develop into chronic depression.

Your risk of developing lasting mental and physical health issues can increase with the number of traumatic events you experience, particularly if you lived through trauma as a child.

The connection between trauma and PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is different from depression, but it’s another type of mental health condition that can develop after experiencing trauma. The two conditions share some similar symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping, a lack of interest in daily life, and detachment from other people. 

It’s normal to experience anxiety and other symptoms after going through a traumatic event, but for many people, those symptoms subside over time. If you continually experience negative thoughts, flashbacks, or other behaviors a month or longer after the incident has passed, it could be PTSD.

Finding treatment with ketamine therapy

Dr. Lusko and our team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine offer ketamine therapy as a treatment for depression and other common mental health conditions. Many people living with depression find that traditional treatments aren’t enough, and ketamine therapy offers an alternative solution.

Ketamine therapy can provide significant relief from depression symptoms, whether your depression is linked to trauma or not. With ketamine therapy, you are given an infusion of ketamine, which is a safe and effective anesthetic that can relieve symptoms of depression. 

Infusions for depression and PTSD usually last around 45 minutes and are given as you relax comfortably in a chair. Most patients have a series of infusions for the best results.

If you have treatment-resistant depression, ketamine therapy may be able to help you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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