PTSD Treatment

Rapid and Effective PTSD Treatment in Vancouver, Washington

Any given year,  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts 3.5 percent of the US population – almost 8 million Americans. Anyone can develop PTSD after suffering through, or even witnessing, a traumatic event.

If you have tried other treatments and therapies but found no real relief from your symptoms, you may be a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy. At Vancouver Ketamine Infusions, we use this innovative treatment option to provide effective, lasting relief from PTSD.

Ketamine Infusions for PTSD Treatment

Ketamine infusions have quickly become one of the most popular treatment options for mood disorders, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder.

Unlike many traditional medications like SSRIs which can take months to start working, ketamine therapy offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.

What are the Symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD indicators are commonly put into four types: invasive memories, avoidance, unfavorable changes in thinking and emotional state, and transformations in physical and emotional responses. Symptoms of PTSD can vary in time or vary from one person to another

Intrusive Memories

Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event

Avoidance

Symptoms of avoidance may include:

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding places, activities, or people that remind you of the traumatic event

Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood

Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people, or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb

Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions

Symptoms of changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts, or aggressive behavior
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

 

For children six years old and younger, signs and symptoms may also include:

  • Re-enacting the traumatic event or aspects of the traumatic event through play
  • Frightening dreams that may or may not include aspects of the traumatic event

How Does Ketamine Help Treat PTSD?

Scientists believe that ketamine infusions help PTSD symptoms by rapidly boosting the activity of glutamate, a neurotransmitter inside the brain’s frontal cortex, while also allowing new pathways to form in the same area.

The rapid onset of ketamine’s antidepressant effect occurs because ketamine bypasses the conventional serotonin path. Instead, ketamine works on the brain’s glutamate systems.

This is remarkably different from conventional antidepressants, which initially boost serotonin activity levels in several different areas of the brain to then ultimately affect glutamate. This process can take weeks or even months, while ketamine infusions can provide rapid relief from PTSD symptoms.

Are There Any Adverse Effects of Ketamine?

As a new treatment option for PTSD, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or slight anxious feelings after treatment.

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized for infusion therapy “off-label” use. Off-label use indicates a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.

As a good example, the FDA authorized the medication Prazosin to treat hypertension in 1976, but it is now mainly used to treat nightmares in individuals with PTSD, which was not approved at first.

Where Will I Receive my Ketamine Infusions?

Our providers at Vancouver Ketamine Infusions will go above and beyond to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Ketamine infusions typically last about an hour for mood disorders, but chronic pain conditions may require a longer infusion time.

Several patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect aids with treatment and helps you provide a positive response to ketamine therapy.

These are all ordinary components of the treatment. Our team will monitor you throughout the process and be readily available should you need anything.

Is Ketamine Treatment the Right Solution for You?

Are you ready to take back control of your life? Are you tired of trying one medication after another, only to be left with the same symptoms? If so, ketamine infusion therapy might be the right treatment option for you.

Contact Vancouver Ketamine Infusions today to schedule your consultation and learn how ketamine infusions for PTSD treatment can help you find relief.