Ketamine for PTSD Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are wondering how ketamine can help you with your PTSD, read our below Q and A page. Request an appointment at Bay Area Ketamine Center online or call our clinic today. We are conveniently located at 746 Altos Oaks Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024. We serve patients from Los Altos CA, Sunnyvale CA, Stanford CA, Palo Alto CA, and Menlo Park CA.
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a common condition experienced after intense traumatic experiences, such as war, combat or an accident, as well as after a prolonged exposure to trauma, such as an abusive relationship. There have been many progresses in how PTSD is treated, one of the most effective being ketamine.
What is the most common treatment for PTSD?
There are many types of treatment for PTSD, and since it has such a diverse set of causes, different therapies may work better for some than others. Common types of treatment include:
Pharmacology (Medication) — Commons medications for PTSD typically work to alleviate symptoms, although more cutting-edge therapies seek to address the source of the trauma. This includes therapies using ketamine, which is known to alter the brain’s chemistry to promote proper imbalances and emotional regulation.
Psychotherapy — Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy has been used in the treatment of PTSD for many years. It is often used in tandem with medications.
Neurological Therapies — These treatments focus on the brain and nervous system and can help to restore function and reduce symptoms associated with PTSD.
At-Home Coping Methods — Common coping methods one can practice at home include writing, yoga and meditation. These are proven methods to control one’s thoughts and take control of the present moment. This can be hugely advantageous when experiencing intrusive thoughts or memories.
How can you treat PTSD with Ketamine?
Ketamine works differently than a typical selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It functions by disrupting glutamate, a neurotransmitter involved in memory, learning, pain recognition and emotion. Glutamate also plays a role in forming traumatic memories and mediating stress responses. Ketamine may potentially provide deep healing, bringing about improvement of PTSD symptoms in a number of different ways. It is important to understand the difference between healing and remission, which requires getting to the root of the problem rather than masking the symptoms. The use of ketamine in an intentional, transformative way can address chemical imbalances and decrease anxiety, allowing a change of perspective to the traumatic event or events and helps reconnect people to those around them, restoring important interpersonal relationships.
What does a PTSD attack feel like?
It could mean you are having a PTSD panic attack if you experience a sudden onset of intense fear. This sudden onset of fear may come without warning or without any clear cause. A PTSD panic attack may be triggered if something reminds a person of their trauma. During a panic attack, it is common to feel afraid of dying or of losing control. It may seem like your surroundings are surreal. A panic attack usually lasts about 5 to 20 minutes but in some cases can last even longer, up to a few hours. The most anxiety is usually felt about 10 minutes after the attack starts. Panic attacks may manifest physical symptoms, including:
- Chest pain
- Fast or throbbing heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Dizziness, shaking, or trembling
- Stomach pain or nausea
- Chills or hot flashes
- Feeling of choking
People with a panic disorder often experience more than one panic attack, or feel worried about the next time a panic attack will happen. Worrying about potential panic attacks in the future can cause high amounts of stress and can interfere with quality of life.
If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD and is looking for an alternative method to manage their symptoms, come to Bay Area Ketamine Center for treatment today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating PTSD with ketamine therapies and can help improve your quality of life. For more information about our PTSD ketamine treatments, visit our website or call our clinic today. To book an appointment for PTSD ketamine therapy, schedule one online or over the phone.