Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects approximately eight million people in the United States at any given time, and 7-8% of the population will experience some form of PTSD during their lives. At Klarity Clinic, Henry Liang, DO, and Christian Munk, DO, are helping patients overcome the debilitating effects of PTSD through ketamine infusion therapy. If you or a loved one suffers from PTSD, call or fill out the online questionnaire to see if ketamine might provide the solution you need.
As the name implies, PTSD is a mental disorder that develops on the heels of a traumatic incident. While PTSD has long been associated with veterans of conflict, the disorder can strike anyone who’s witnessed, or been through, a life-altering or dangerous event.
For example, many survivors of sexual abuse, natural disasters, and car accidents can suffer from PTSD.
Your body and mind typically operate in a fight-or-flight mode and when you’re involved in a traumatic event, this hard wiring is affected. The result can be acute PTSD, which resolves itself on its own as your body readjusts, or long-term and chronic PTSD, which resists treatment.
The symptoms of PTSD vary from one person to the next as not everyone processes a traumatic event in the same way. For example, you may notice PTSD symptoms within months after the initial event, or they may crop up years down the road. In either case, these symptoms include:
If you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD, you’ve likely had a combination of recurring symptoms that have lasted for more than a month. While psychotherapies and medications often help PTSD victims find relief, if your PTSD proves to be resistant to treatment, ketamine may be a viable solution.
As a drug that was invented for the battlefield, it’s fitting that ketamine has found a use as one that can effectively treat PTSD. Both Dr. Liang and Dr. Munk, who are ketamine specialists, have helped many patients overcome the life-altering effects of PTSD, allowing them to lead normal, happy lives.
Studies have shown that ketamine works by rapidly increasing levels of the largest neurotransmitter in the brain; Glutamate. Glutamate is the most important neurotransmitter for normal brain function. Additionally, ketamine is thought to grow new (or repair damaged) neural connections, allowing the brain a chance to heal.
The best part of the ketamine treatment is that results are almost immediate. Many patients experience significant improvement in just 24 hours after their first treatment, and these improvements continue over the course of the two-week therapy.
If you’re struggling with PTSD, call Klarity Clinic for a consultation, or fill out our online questionnaire.