Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is prevalent in almost 8% of the general population, particularly among survivors of war, terrorist attacks, motor vehicle accidents, burns and interpersonal violence. Experiencing a traumatic event can affect people in different ways at both a biological and psychological level.
Common symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories, avoidance, and changes in mood. Disturbances in sleep, energy, and memory are also seen as a result of dysregulation in the brain.
Many of the standard treatments for PTSD are ineffective with most patients unable to find relief of their symptoms. Traditionally, antidepressants and psychotherapy have been used to treat PTSD but as in depression only a minority of patients respond to treatment.
Ketamine has shown great promise in treating the core symptoms of PTSD. According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, the severity of PTSD symptoms were significantly reduced in patients with chronic PTSD twenty four hours after receiving a single infusion of IV administered Ketamine.
Facts about Ketamine use for treating PTSD:
A single dose of ketamine can provide rapid reduction in PTSD symptoms for some people.
Ketamine is administered in subanesthetic doses and will be monitored by a qualified anesthesia professional at all times.
Only minimal short term side effects are seen that usually resolve within 1 hour after an infusion.