Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The National Institute of Mental Health defines Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. While mostly associated with wartime trauma, PTSD can arrive after exposure to any traumatic event. Anyone can develop PTSD, including children, teens, and adults, who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, war or combat, the sudden death of a loved one, or other serious events.
It is normal to feel on edge, have upsetting memories, or have trouble sleeping after these types of events, but if symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. While PTSD is usually diagnosed a few months after an incident, it can be years before symptoms surface and truly affect a patient.
Click here to visit the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about PTSD. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp
Some symptoms of PTSD are:
- Vivid dreams, nightmares, or flashbacks about the incident
- Hypersensitivity to other people, places, or situations related to the event
- Blaming yourself for the event or survivor’s guilt
- Unexplainable irritability or anger
How Ketamine Can Help
NeuConnections offers Ketamine Infusion Therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for clients who have been diagnosed with PTSD and who have not found relief from their current treatment regimen. SSRI’s have a success rate with around 42% of patients no longer experiencing PTSD symptoms, but require the medication to be taken daily. Symptoms can return if the medication stops being taken. Recent studies(1.) have shown that up to 66% of patients receiving ketamine infusions over the course of two weeks responded positively and experienced a 30% reduction in symptoms in a remarkable two weeks. It was determined that “intravenous ketamine has tremendous potential as a treatment for PTSD.”
Ketamine is a NMDA receptor antagonist, meaning it blocks glutamate receptors. Glutamate regulates psychological conditions like depression and anxiety and transmits pain signals. When the receptors are blocked, a chemical reaction occurs and more glutamate is produced which researchers believe relives pain and improves mental health conditions by balancing the mood regulation chemicals in the brain. Additionally, ketamine triggers neurogenesis, which is the creation of new neurons in the brain, and reactivation of neurons that may have been laying dormant. This activation creates new and stronger connections between those neurons, stimulating growth and connections of neural pathways. As these pathways develop, your brain becomes more resilient and adaptable to the stressors in life. What SSRI’s take months or years to do, intravenous ketamine can do in hours or days. However, to truly heal old trauma, it is important to enlist the care of trained trauma therapists which we can provide for you. As the wounds begin to heal, we find that Integration Coaching is an incredible tool to help you begin to take your life back into your own hands as you move forward and accomplish the goals that you have set for your future.
Our standard treatment protocol for PTSD is as follows: 2 infusions per week, over the course of 4 weeks. However, every individual is unique and you may find that after the first few sessions, it may be more supportive to wait a bit longer to integrate the healing and change and perspectives that ketamine therapy allows. Within this time frame, our team will work with you to monitor the efficacy of the treatment, provide you with support, and collaborate with your primary mental health provider to assist you in meeting your goals.
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Study: 1. https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/