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Symptoms and Treatments for PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder in which recurring and/or unwanted memories, dreams, and flashbacks persist as mental and physical reminders of a traumatic event or events experienced by an individual. In the United States, PTSD has a prevalence of 8.7%. Statistics show that women are twice as likely to have PTSD in their lifetime than men. In general, PTSD has a higher prevalence in people who hold positions in the military, firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical positions. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), describes PTSD as being associated with a high degree of disability, often straining social and familial relationships, increasing excessive absence from work, and debilitating mental health.

In response to the symptoms of PTSD, individuals typically cope by avoiding people, places, conversations, and situations that may in some way bring back memories and emotions associated with the traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD can, in some cases, mimic Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) including a persistent depressed mood and loss of interest in activities. Symptoms of PTSD can also include:

  • Changes in emotional responses and reactivity 
  • Negative emotional states
  • Agitation, irritability, and hostility
  • Flashbacks
  • Severe anxiety and fear
  • Social isolation
  • Insomnia and nightmares

Living with PTSD can be exceptionally difficult for the individual. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, a return to normal life is possible. Common pharmacotherapy treatments for PTSD include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and imipramine and phenelzine – a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) and monoamine oxidase inhibitor. However, unlike ketamine, these medications often work only short-term and have extensive caution lists. 

Ketamine As Treatment for PTSD

Ketamine is a new, sometimes controversial, controlled medication that is gaining popularity in its use for Major Depressive Disorders and PTSD. Ketamine is a medication, most known for maintaining anesthesia and pain relief during and following surgery.  Mostly, the use of ketamine is controversial due to its potential to increase anxiety. PTSD and the symptoms associated are difficult to treat, long-term, but ketamine treatment shows great success in reducing symptoms, safely

IV Therapy is an important part of our holistic approach and treatment for mental health. Most importantly, IV therapy yields highly effective results in the majority of cases that we administer. For instance, in the case of IV Ketamine for depression and PTSD, we’re able to achieve over an 80% success rate for mental illness that is otherwise treatment-resistant. Ketamine works in a revolutionary way, altering neural passageways to build and strengthen healthy neurons, rather than just targeting neurotransmitters in the brain like most SSRIs. Side effects of Ketamine are limited, and typically only persist throughout the duration of the infusion. If you have an interest in seeing if Ketamine therapy might be right for you, please check out our Ketamine Frequently Asked Questions, or schedule an appointment. Our Ketamine infusions are offered in a safe and private environment, are overseen by an MD, and are administered by a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Certified Registered Nurse of Infusion (CRNI). 

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If you or a loved one are struggling with symptoms associated with PTSD such as recurrent, intrusive, or distressing memories, dreams, and dissociative reactions such as flashbacks, consider learning more about Ketamine as a treatment for PTSD. At Ballen Medical and Wellness, we believe in not just treating the symptoms, but the root cause of mental illness. If you have any additional questions or want to learn more about Ketamine Infusions for PTSD, then call us today at (720) 222-0550 or schedule a free consultation by filling out the form below.