Ketamine for PTSD
The precise causes of PTSD aren’t clear. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. PTSD can trigger changes in the way your brain regulates chemicals and hormones in response to stress. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms can disrupt your whole life ― your job, your relationships, your health and your enjoyment of everyday activities.
Researchers suggest that the symptoms experienced in PTSD may be caused by a loss of synaptic connectivity in the brain. The stress experienced in PTSD may impair the functioning of synaptic connectivity, which is mostly mediated by glutamate. As glutamate synapses play a crucial role in these neuronal circuits, it is possible that the use of ketamine may enhance synaptic connectivity in these circuits, ultimately reversing the effects of stress. Usual treatments involve psychotherapy and anti-depressant medications, but both take time to see improved results. Ketamine treatment is a safe, faster acting, and more effective option than the conventional medication options. Many studies have shown a near complete resolution of symptoms over the short term and seems to have similar findings to the use of ketamine in major depression.
PTSD clients may see beneficial results after just one treatment, however, six treatments are recommended and administered over 2-3 weeks. Progress after the first infusion may be subtle, gradual, or intermittent over several days, most clients will notice positive results a couple of days after their 3rd infusion. With an effective rate of up to 80%, patients may experience lasting relief after completing six infusions. Many clients know whether the treatments are a good option for them after the first infusion. In some cases where a client is unsure, we suggest proceeding through the 3rd infusion before a decision to continue or stop treatments, as it can be difficult to notice positive changes after living with chronic PTSD. Ketamine in combination with other interventions such as therapy modalities can experience longer relief. When used in a safe, controlled environment under proper supervision, ketamine can provide near-immediate relief from emotional and physical pain, while helping to look deeply into one’s self. With the support of a trained practitioner, these experiences offer an expanded perspective that can help you reframe complex problems and heal from chronic and intractable symptoms.