Most individuals develop stress reactions after a traumatic experience. However, if the reactions do not go away with time (e.g., flashbacks) or disrupt one’s life, it may result in PTSD. This disorder affects 3.5% of the U.S. adult population (7.7 million). The incidence of PTSD is increases to approximately 20% among individuals who have a history of neglect, abuse, violence, rape or military combat. Despite current treatment standards, PTSD remains a debilitating condition in nearly 40% of patients.
The symptoms of PTSD fall into the following categories:
Intrusive Memories – which can include flashbacks of reliving the moment of trauma, bad dreams and scary thoughts.
Avoidance – which can include staying away from certain places or objects that are reminders of the traumatic event. A person may also feel numb, guilty, worried or depressed.
Dissociation – which can include out-of-body experiences or feeling that the world is “not real”.
Hypervigilance – which can include being startled very easily, feeling tense, trouble sleeping or outbursts of anger.
Symptoms of PTSD usually begin within 3 months after a traumatic event, but may emerge years afterward. Symptoms must last more than one month to be considered PTSD. Many patient’s with moderate to severe PTSD symptoms also carry a diagnosis of treatment resistant depression.
PTSD is treated with the following:
Medications, including mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications and antidepressants.
Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or group therapy.
Self-management strategies, such as biofeedback and mindfulness are helpful coping strategies
More recent advances in medicine have provided physicians and patients new hope in treating PTSD. Research has shown that low-dose Ketamine infusions can rapidly reduce PTSD symptom severity.
The Ketamine Wellness Institute offers low dose Ketamine infusions in a safe and relaxing environment to patients suffering from PTSD by an anesthesiologist with years of experience.
Please note that although Ketamine has brought relief to thousands of patients, it is not a permanent cure. Once a patient’s mood is stabilized with Ketamine, maintenance infusions are required once every one to six months for most patients. At the Ketamine Wellness Institute, we will work closely with your primary care physician to provide you with the most comprehensive wellness plan possible. We are committed to your care.
“The role of the glutamatergic system in posttraumatic stress disorder” — CNS Spectr, 2008