Ketamine Treatment for PTSD in Southern California
PTSD can be difficult to treat. For many patients with PTSD, conventional treatments including antidepressants and cognitive-behavioral therapy do not adequately relieve symptoms. Ketamine therapy is a completely different approach for PTSD.
For over 50 years, IV ketamine has been used safely as an anesthetic in operating rooms and battle fields.
IV ketamine therapy provides rapid relief from core PTSD symptoms and co-morbid depressive symptoms in patients with chronic PTSD. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, like cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and/or exposure-response prevention.
At Neuro Wellness Spa, we have been effectively relieving PTSD symptoms with IV ketamine treatment for years. Our medical team, led by Dr. Martha Koo, carefully designs individualized treatment plans according to each patient’s needs and preferences.
What is Ketamine IV Therapy?
Millions of people suffer from chronic and debilitating physical and psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression. However, many of these conditions may stop responding to medications, like anti-depressants, and other therapies. IV ketamine therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for people who suffer from treatment-resistant:
- Acute suicidality
- Chronic pain
Physicians have used Ketamine for over 50 years as an anesthetic. However, new research indicates its effectiveness in other applications too.
Researchers at Mass General Hospital conducted the largest study of IV ketamine therapy. They found that over 70% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression experienced symptom relief with IV ketamine therapy. This study, along with a growing number of others, is a major finding that demonstrates the effectiveness of IV ketamine for those who have tried standard treatments but haven’t responded adequately.
How Is PTSD Treated with Ketamine IV Therapy?
Ketamine has been in use by the medical community since 1970 when the FDA approved its use as an anesthetic.
In the past twenty years, emerging research has shown that IV ketamine may also relieve symptoms of mental disorders, including treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and PTSD.
At Neuro Wellness Spa, a registered nurse distributes ketamine to the body through an IV. Dosage depends on body weight. NWS follows the accepted guideline of 0.5mg/kg body weight for the initial infusion.
The entire process occurs in a controlled medical setting and patients are continuously monitored.
Delivered at a slow and controlled rate, the ketamine treatment is very safe. IV ketamine does not suppress the respiratory or cardiovascular systems. Patients won’t hallucinate or become unconscious. Few, if any, side effects result. Patients may feel disoriented, nauseous, or sensitive to light and sounds.
Ketamine stimulates brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and the growth of neurons in the brain. Researchers have also observed increased synaptic connections in patients treated with IV Ketamine therapy. This neuronal growth and increased neuronal interconnectivity relieve symptoms of anxiety.
How Ketamine for PTSD Works
PTSD is the acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a chronic and disabling psychiatric disorder that starts after exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or violence. A person suffering from PTSD may experience disturbed sleep, avoidance, altered mood, and recurrent, intrusive, distressing memories of the traumatic event(s).
PTSD can be a result of:
- Experiencing or witnessing traumatic event(s)
- Learning that violent or accidental event(s) happened to a loved one
- Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to distressing details of traumatic event(s)
Although most people may feel upset or have trouble coping after a traumatic stressor, they usually get better with time and self-care. People with PTSD often experience severe and worsening symptoms which interfere with their day to day activities for months or even years after the event.
PTSD can happen to anyone, and is often the result of experiences outside of your control. If you have distressing thoughts or feelings after a traumatic event which are interfering with your daily life, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional about IV Ketamine.
Many people associate PTSD with combat veterans. While soldiers experience an elevated risk of developing PTSD, soldiers are not the only ones impacted by PTSD or comorbid depression.
Almost daily, reports of death, injury and violence appear in the paper or on the daily news. Over 70% of adults worldwide experience a potentially traumatic event in their lifetimes, with over 30% experiencing four or more. According to the National Center for PTSD, 7-8% of the population in the United States will have PTSD at some point during their life, and 8 million adults have PTSD in a given year.
Even though PTSD treatments are effective, most people do not get the help they need. With IV ketamine therapy at Neuro Wellness Spa, we are relieving the symptoms of PTSD today. Contact our team to learn more about how we can help.
Signs & Symptoms of PTSD
Signs and symptoms of PTSD can begin right after a traumatic incident, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years later. Symptoms can vary in intensity over time and can vary from person to person. Symptoms of PTSD may include:
- Intrusive Traumatic Memory Recall: People with PTSD often have memories of a traumatic event. The recall of these may be random, or they may come up with certain cue words or “triggers.” Triggers are usually related to the subject or content of the trauma. These memories may be intense enough to make a person believe they are reliving the event—these are called “flashbacks.”
- Disturbed Dreams and Insomnia: Distressing dreams also may result from trauma. These may cause trouble sleeping or trouble concentrating.
- Emotional Disturbance: Some people with PTSD may exhibit anger or irritability, may be easily startled or frightened or may feel guilt or shame. A person with PTSD may also feel emotionally numb, avoidant or depressed. Often, people with PTSD avoid places or people who remind them of the traumatic event(s).
- Specification: The DSM-V outlines two specific types of PTSD. The first is dissociative specification. This occurs when a person believes that they, or everything around them, is not real. The other is delayed specification. This occurs when the full diagnostic criteria of the disorder are not fulfilled until at least six months after their trauma.
- Isolation: People with PTSD often feel isolated. They may separate themselves from loved ones and experience decreased interest in life or activities they used to enjoy, which can leave them feeling depressed.
Timely support for PTSD and comorbid depression is important and may help prevent its symptoms from worsening. Getting support from others, may also help prevent unhealthy coping mechanisms such as misuse of alcohol or drugs.
PTSD Treatment in Southern California
If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, it’s important to explore mental health care options. PTSD reduces quality of life. It can prevent its sufferers from accomplishing their everyday responsibilities.
Neuro Wellness Spa works with you to develop your own personalized recovery plan. Our trained staff are available to help find the most effective treatment options to help you or your loved one find relief.
To meet with one of our experienced physicians, you may schedule an appointment on our website. For any questions, our phone lines are open 7 days a week at 1-877-847-3984. You may also call to schedule a consultation to find out if IV ketamine could be an option for you.
For more information about the services we offer or whether IV Ketamine Treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.
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