Ketamine For PTSD
How Does Ketamine Help With PTSD?
Here at NeuroRelief™, we utilize safe and soothing Ketamine infusions to give our patients the experience of a warm, euphoric dissociation from their PTSD symptoms. And that feeling persists into their daily lives! Our treatments for PTSD are highly effective. We see a 75% success rate with patients who are treated for PTSD using our ketamine infusions! Through our proven process, patients often get at least a 50% improvement in symptoms!
- Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
- Bad dreams
- Frightening thoughts
- Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic experience
- Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event
- Being easily startled
- Feeling tense or “on edge”
- Having difficulty sleeping
- Having angry outbursts
- Trouble remembering key features of the traumatic event
- Negative thoughts about oneself or the world
- Distorted feelings like guilt or blame
- Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
What Is PTSD?
- According to the NIMH, “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event; this is especially common in individuals that have endured repetitive negative experiences.
- It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it.
- This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm.
- Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet many people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD.
- People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger.
- Almost 9% of the US population has suffered from PTSD.
You Are NOT Alone
- 70% of adults experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime
- 20% of people who experience a traumatic event will develop PTSD
- In a given year, PTSD affects around 3.5% of the U.S. population, approximately 8 million Americans. Many experts believe this number is FAR higher, as individuals may not identify that their frequent anxiety and emotional struggles are caused by PSTD
- 1 in 13 people will develop PTSD at some point in their life
- The numbers indicate that PTSD is far more common in women than in men. The prevalence of PTSD in men is estimated at 1.8%, while PTSD symptoms affected 5.2% of adult women. Men have been found to experience more events during their lifetime than women, but PTSD symptoms in men are far less common than symptoms in women.
- Increased rates of PTSD are notable in those who have jobs that place them at risk for being a part of a traumatic event, such as police officers, nurses, firefighters, and members of the military. The highest rates for PTSD occur among sexual assault survivors, military veterans who have been in combat, and survivors of genocide.
- Before Ketamine, a person suffering from PTSD cannot escape their inner cycles of stimulus and response.
- Loud noises, normal daily stress, and many other triggers can elicit severe symptoms of panic, flashbacks, and many other unpleasant reactions.
- Sufferers of PTSD begin to withdraw from relationships, family, healthy activities, and the ability to enjoy their daily lives.
- All too many individuals with PTSD begin to give up on the hope of regaining control of their lives, often with catastrophic results.
- Our patients are able to dissociate from their own movie, to examine their thoughts and state of being as an impartial observer of their own life’s journey.
- Our patients feel empowered to calmly, and objectively, process information and thoughts, without the rush of secondary anxieties, negative ruminations, or stress responses.
- The Ketamine experience gives each individual the opportunity to self-examine in a euphoric, safe place; to re-work their thought processes in a space that is filled with calm, wellbeing and relief.
How does Ketamine work on PTSD?
- PTSD occurs through a disorganization of our brains synaptic pathways that confuse memory and physiologic symptoms.
- Until now, most drug treatments have been relatively unsuccessful in a majority of patients suffering from PTSD. Sedatives, hypnosis, verbal cognitive therapy, and common antidepressants have all shown significant failure in treating PTSD effectively.
- Ketamine therapy, via a dissociative process, utilizing N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonism, regulates concentrations of glutamate, and powerful neurotransmitter. This modulation helps the brain to reorganize itself in a healthy manner.
- In a euphoric, calm and safe environment, Ketamine allows a patient to find peace between their past trauma, and focus on their present positive state of being, by uncoupling those past memories from their current physiologic responses.
- Ideally, this process can assist a patient in “decoupling” the stimulus-response pathways, reducing or eliminating the extreme emotional symptoms experienced with PTSD.
- During Ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD a patient’s mind is allowed the opportunity to heal, soothe, process, and find peace.
At NeuroRelief, we use evidence-based approaches to patient care.
Our clients achieve amazing results, gaining newfound confidence and empowerment. We work closely with each person’s existing mental health professional and/or will become one-wing of a multi-faceted treatment approach through arranging referral to one of our amazing colleagues.
We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our clients.
At NeuroRelief™, the initial treatment plan we recommend for new patients is to come in for 6 infusions over a 3-4 week period of time.
The recurrent administration of Ketamine during this time provides a consistent application that disrupts the pathological connections that create disharmony in our nervous systems, while simultaneously building and restoring the connections between synapses.