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Up to 8% of Americans develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a traumatic event. The anesthesiologists at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado offer ketamine infusion therapy to help veterans with PTSD who live in or around Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you have PTSD and are looking for an effective treatment, call Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado or schedule a consultation online today to find out if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you.
PTSD is a mental health condition that develops after you have a traumatic experience, such as active combat, an active shooter situation, or a violent personal attack.
While anyone who lives through a traumatic event might experience some emotional symptoms such as insomnia and distressing thoughts and memories, these symptoms fade over time. PTSD, on the other hand, tends to emerge later and cause more intrusive symptoms.
PTSD causes four distinct categories of symptoms: intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors, negative feelings, and reactive symptoms. Flashbacks and nightmares are common intrusive thoughts that are often so realistic that you feel like you’re reliving the event. As a result, you might start to avoid people or places that trigger your memories.
PTSD also causes negative feelings about yourself and others. You might feel guilty or worthless or think that all other people are bad and untrustworthy. You might even start to have angry outbursts or be easily startled.
You should talk to a doctor about any PTSD symptoms you may be experiencing. The condition typically worsens over time, but with treatment, you can recover and return to a healthy and fulfilling life.
Physicians often treat PTSD with a combination of medication and therapy. Medication should regulate your brain chemistry and relieve your symptoms. Counseling provides a safe environment to explore your memories, thoughts, and feelings and learn strategies and techniques to change your behavioral response.
Conventional medications don’t always relieve your PTSD symptoms. They also often cause intolerable side effects that make you feel even worse. The team at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado provides ketamine infusion therapy as an alternative to traditional medication.
Ketamine works differently in your brain, stimulating different receptors and glutamate production, which can provide rapid symptom relief. You can combine ketamine infusion therapy with counseling to optimize your recovery.
During a ketamine infusion, you relax in a comfortable chair while you receive your infusion. You might experience a floating sensation or mild hallucinations. These side effects disappear soon after your infusion is over, and a member of the team stays with you throughout your infusion to ensure your comfort and safety.
The treatment leaves you tired, much like how you would feel after having sedation for a dental procedure. You need a friend or family member to drive you home after your treatment, and any tiredness should disappear after a good night’s sleep.
If you have PTSD and haven’t found an effective treatment, call Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado or make an appointment online today to find out if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you.
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