Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone, no matter their age. It’s estimated that 60% of American men and 50% of women experience some type of trauma in their lives and are at increased risk for developing PTSD symptoms.
At Klarity Clinic, our PTSD specialists provide ketamine infusion therapy to help those limited by PTSD symptoms thrive. Our providers offer comprehensive health evaluations in-office to assess the severity of your symptoms and determine if ketamine is the right treatment for you.
We’ve helped many people, including those with treatment-resistant PTSD symptoms, get their condition under control.
Identifying the root cause of PTSD
PTSD is a mental health disorder that can develop after a traumatic event. You can experience symptoms of PTSD after personally experiencing or witnessing events like:
- Physical violence
- Sexual abuse
- Auto accident
- War and military service
- Death of a loved one
Though not everyone who lives through a traumatic event will develop PTSD, your risk increases if you have little support in the aftermath of the event.
Other factors that can increase your PTSD risk include having a history of substance abuse or mental illness or feeling extremely fearful or hopeless after the trauma.
Recognizing PTSD warning signs
Symptoms of PTSD can begin soon after a traumatic event. However, you can also experience them months or years later. PTSD symptoms can include:
- Mood swings
- Intrusive thoughts
- Feeling tense and being easily startled
- Avoiding reminders of the event
Many who struggle with uncontrolled PTSD symptoms also develop severe mental health issues that can increase risk factors for self-harm and suicide.
When these symptoms persist for a month or longer and begin to interfere with your quality of life, it’s important to seek out the help of an experienced medical professional. Many people find relief from PTSD symptoms with medications and psychological counseling.
However, if your current treatment plan isn’t working well and your PTSD symptoms persist, call Klarity Clinic to find out if ketamine infusion therapy is an option.
How ketamine infusion therapy treats PTSD
Ketamine is an anesthetic traditionally used in surgery. In smaller doses, ketamine provides long-lasting relief of PTSD symptoms. The medication works directly on your brain by rapidly increasing levels of glutamate, the largest neurotransmitter in the brain. This neurotransmitter plays a crucial role in normal brain function.
Ketamine restores normal brain function by increasing glutamate levels and by creating new neural connections in the brain, so it can heal more efficiently. By infusing ketamine into your bloodstream, you can find rapid relief of your PTSD symptoms.
A series of ketamine infusions scheduled over a two-week period can significantly reduce your symptoms, so you can get back to living a fuller, healthier life. With ongoing therapy and other psychological support, you can better manage PTSD in the long term and prevent a return of your symptoms.
Ketamine infusions can also relieve symptoms of chronic anxiety and depression that can co-occur with PTSD to optimize your overall mental health.
Call the Klarity Clinic office near you to find out if ketamine infusion therapy is a treatment option for your PTSD symptoms, or book a consultation online today.