Disrupting PTSD with Ketamine Infusion 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.
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.
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.
Take Your First Step Forward
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.
More Commonly Asked Questions
HOW MANY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM PTSD?
Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.
HOW DOES KETAMINE WORK?
Ketamine works unlike any other medicine. It is an NMDA antagonist, which means it blocks pain pathways and reboots functions by “re-setting” nerves and triggers growth of neural pathways. In addition, ketamine also appears to reduce the activity of glutamate, which is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain and a very powerful anti-inflammatory medicine. Therefore, it helps with both of the main types of pain (nerve pain and inflammatory pain) and has shown great success in the treatment of migraines, depression, anxiety, PTSD and mood disorders.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
During your ketamine infusions, we will monitor your treatment process carefully in order to minimize the chances of any side effects. You might feel tired or slightly disconnected with your surroundings. For most patients, this dissociation effect is what helps with your treatment and provides a positive response to your ketamine treatment. It is not unusual to develop nausea, a common but self-limited side effect of Ketamine. However, if you do become nauseated, we can control that by adding Zofran to your treatment, which is an anti-nausea medicine that is used in hospitals and ERs throughout the world.
This is all a normal part of the treatment and you will always be in a safe environment with staff to supervise you and be available to you at all times.
IS A REFERRAL REQUIRED FOR KETAMINE THERAPY?
No, a referral from a mental health professional is not required. One of our doctors will talk to you and evaluate whether the treatment would be appropriate for you. Based on your medical history and medication list, the medical director will also determine if there are any medical reasons why ketamine treatment is not recommended. Please contact us with questions.
DOES SOMEBODY NEED TO COME WITH ME FOR MY TREATMENT?
It is not necessary for someone to accompany you to the treatment. You do need to arrange for transportation home afterwards, either a ride, public transportation, Uber/Lyft or walking. It is imperative that you not drive a car or bike until the next morning.
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS OF TREATMENT?
Pacific Ketamine Institute uses MoodMonitor– a secure, reliable, easy-to-use reporting and monitoring tool – that helps us ensure the best possible outcomes for our IV ketamine treatment patients.
Multiple studies have shown that frequent evaluations of a patient’s symptoms during the course of ketamine treatment improve long-term outcomes.
HOW SOON WILL I NOTICE IMPROVEMENT?
Unlike most traditional drugs, effects of ketamine are almost immediate. Most of our patients notice improvement as soon as 3-4 hours after their first ketamine session. Many patients see an immediate effect while they are having their treatment.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THIS?
You will have to consult your insurance company for this. You can learn more about insurance coverage and ketamine treatments here.
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