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PTSD: How Ketamine Offers Relief

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can make you feel vulnerable, out of control, and on edge. Often, PTSD causes lingering, disturbing thoughts and feelings as well as flashbacks or nightmares related to the trauma. Sadness, fear, and anger can take over your normal demeanor, and you may feel estranged from other people, even those you love deeply.

It’s common for people with PTSD to avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic effect. Even the most normal experiences, such as a loud noise or the brush of a hand, can bring back a cascade of negative emotions.

Science has discovered that ketamine, which was once used as a street drug and thought to aggravate PTSD, can actually help relieve symptoms when used in a proper dose and under supervised delivery. There’s now great promise in using ketamine in small, medically monitored amounts for treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and other conditions.

The team at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado specializes in helping military veterans overcome a variety of psychological issues, including PTSD. Learn why ketamine therapy is perhaps one of the most effective ways to help you overcome the effects of PTSD. 

How is PTSD traditionally treated?

Mood-altering drugs have often been the treatment of choice for PTSD. These include antidepressants such as Zoloft™, Prozac™, and Paxil™, as they increase your serotonin levels. The problem with these drugs is that they typically take weeks to build up in your system before they begin to help -- and sometimes they really aren’t all that helpful.

Why is ketamine therapy superior in treating PTSD?

Ketamine is a Schedule III drug, meaning it has low-to-moderate potential for dependence. It’s regulated and approved by the US Drug Enforcement Association only for medical use. You may recognize it by the street name it had a couple of decades ago -- “Special K.”

At Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado, ketamine is usually administered in very small doses via an IV infusion. The ketamine goes to work immediately by stimulating receptors in your brain and increasing glutamate production, causing your symptoms to subside. Most patients feel better within a few hours.

At first, you’ll have infusions regularly – usually once a week for about three weeks. After that, you may benefit from regular maintenance doses every month or so. We can develop an appropriate plan for you. 

You need a ride home after treatment because the ketamine can make you sleepy and sometimes dizzy. You’ll wake the next morning feeling just fine, however.

What are ketamine’s effects on PTSD?

Most of our patients feel like their PTSD has calmed down significantly after undergoing ketamine therapy. In addition to addressing depression and anxiety, ketamine infusion therapy is helpful in mitigating unwanted thoughts, fear, avoidance, and moodiness.

Ketamine therapy can be an effective complement to counseling, too. The ketamine can make you more receptive to meeting one on one to work through your past trauma.

If you’re a military veteran living in or around Colorado Springs, Colorado, who is suffering with PTSD, consider ketamine therapy with us as an option. Our goal is to help restore your life, relationships, and peace of mind. Call today for a free consultation or book an appointment online to learn more.

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