PTSD Specialist

Annette A. Lusko, DO -  - Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine Integrative Medicine

Annette A. Lusko, DO

Ketamine Infusion Therapy & Addiction Specialist located in Gilbert, AZ

Unfortunately, up to 8% of Americans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point during their lives. Annette Lusko, DO, offers ketamine treatments for PTSD at Ketamine Integrative Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona. Dr. Lusko and her team are committed to helping you recover, reducing your symptoms, and restoring your quality of life. Call Ketamine Integrative Medicine or schedule a consultation online today to find out if ketamine can relieve your PTSD symptoms.

PTSD Q & A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that develops after you have a traumatic experience. While trauma is relative, some of the common PTSD triggers include active shooter situations, war, and personal assault. 

Almost everyone has increased anxiety symptoms after trauma, but in most cases, those symptoms subside with time. PTSD, on the other hand, may not emerge immediately, and your symptoms become more intense and disruptive when left untreated. 

PTSD causes four distinct categories of symptoms: intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors, negative thoughts, reactive behaviors.

Intrusive thoughts include flashbacks and nightmares that are so realistic that you might feel like you’re reliving the experience. You may be distracted by memories that you can’t control and seem to emerge out of nowhere. 

Avoidance behavior develops as you try to stay away from people, places, and other memory triggers. Over time, avoidance behaviors can severely disrupt your ability to function and overall quality of life. 

Negative thoughts often include distorted beliefs about yourself or others like you are bad, untrustworthy, or shouldn’t have survived. You might also lose interest in previously enjoyed activities or feel detached from others. 

Reactive symptoms include irritability, angry outbursts, as well as being easily started. You might behave recklessly or have problems sleeping. 

How is PTSD treated?

PTSD treatment typically combines medication and therapy. At Ketamine Integrative Medicine, Dr. Lusko offers ketamine infusion therapy as an alternative to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). 

SSRIs and SNRIs often take weeks or even months to build up enough to alleviate your symptoms and are known to cause a variety of intolerable side effects. 

Ketamine infusion therapy requires a series of treatments but often provides symptom relief with just one session. This rapid relief creates the clarity of mind you need to focus on therapy. Additionally, ketamine therapy doesn’t cause lasting side effects. 

What should I expect during ketamine therapy for PTSD?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a relaxing experience. You simply rest in a comfortable chair for approximately 45 minutes while you receive the infusion. You may have a floating sensation, tingling, or mild hallucinations. These side effects fade soon after your treatment is complete. 

Ketamine infusion therapy leaves you drowsy and can interfere with your ability to drive, so make sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your treatments. 

Dr. Lusko creates a customized treatment plan, but most patients have 4-6 total treatments over 3-4 weeks.  

Call Ketamine Integrative Medicine or make an appointment online today to find out if ketamine therapy can help with your PTSD.