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Treating PTSD with Ketamine Therapy

PTSD is a debilitating anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive re-experiences of the traumatic events, avoidance of situations and stimuli that could serve as reminders of these events, and feeling jumpy or easily startled.

Patients with PTSD often feel depressed, and many have significant memory impairments. Existing drug treatments are often unsuccessful in a majority of patients, especially in those with combat-related PTSD, or other PTSD symptoms derived from physical or situational experiences.

Disrupting PTSD with Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Physiologically, Ketamine disrupts the brain’s synaptic connections that create and recall memories, and by over-writing the memories that express into PTSD, and  Ketamine has become a highly effective treatment for people who suffer from PTSD and other memory-related symptoms.

Imagine being able to re-train the neuronal connections that create the memories that trigger PTSD so that those connections that once created those memories are then re-programmed to allow you to feel calm ad at peace.  The memories will remain, but the extreme emotional responses consistent with PTSD are diminished or removed over time. This is what happens with ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD patients.

Rescue Mission

You may have heard the news story about the soccer team who entered the cave in Thailand after going for a bike ride who were trapped by rising floodwaters on June 23, 2018.  Shortly after the news broke, CNN published an article crediting the drug ketamine with playing a key role in the daring and dangerous mission to extract them.  The boys who were rescued were given doses of ketamine by the rescue divers as they were taken out of Tham Luang cave.

“We had to use the means that could keep the children not to be panicky while we were carrying them out,” Thai Navy SEAL commander Rear Adm. Arpakorn Yookongkaew told CNN shortly after the rescue.

This is a great example of a situation in which victimes developed PTSD with gradual deterioration over time, and the use of Ketamine as a treatment to assist in keeping everyone calm was highly effective in an emergency situation.  

While it doesn’t have to be an emergency situation for us to treat patients who have PTSD with ketamine infusion therapy, those who suffer from PTSD know that the feelings can be very intense, and feel like it’s an emergency every day.  

We can help.

Ketamine treatment for PTSD is highly effective and at Pacific Ketamine Institute, we see an 85% success rate with patients who are treated for PTSD using IV Ketamine Therapy.

Next Steps

At Pacific Ketamine Institute, we recognize Ketamine as the safest, quickest and most effective option to treat PTSD.  

Our Doctors and healthcare professionals have over 50 combined years in leading medical care treating patients with pain, depression and PTSD. During your ketamine infusions, we will monitor your treatment progress to reduce the chances of any side effects.

Ketamine infusion therapy is the most effective alternative to taking medicine because it produces quick, more effective relief compared to standard antidepressants.

Contact us today for a free consultation and see how Ketamine infusion therapy can be an immediate and effective treatment for your PTSD.

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