Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was originally called Shell-Shock and described in combat veterans, we now understand that PTSD isn't limited to veterans and active duty military members; it can strike after any traumatic event that happens to you or a loved one. The team at Apex Ketamine Therapy understands that asking for help takes courage, and effective treatment can be hard to find. That's why they offer cutting-edge ketamine infusion therapy at their office, discretely located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. If you or a loved one is struggling, see if Apex can help. Call or schedule an appointment online.
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can develop after you experience or witness a traumatic event. While most people associate PTSD with military personnel and veterans, it can also happen to sexual assault victims, accident survivors, childhood abuse victims, and even those who have witnessed one of these experiences.
Those suffering from PTSD often feel sad, angry, lost, or detached from the people they love. In some cases, patients with PTSD can relive their traumatic event through flashbacks or nightmares.
A debilitating disorder, PTSD can occur at any time after a traumatic incident. Some people begin to display telltale PTSD symptoms within one month of the event in question, while others may not notice a change in their behavior for several years.
While everyone experiences this disorder differently, some of the most common PTSD symptoms include:
If you experience one or more of the above symptoms for more than one month, talk to your doctor right away.
PTSD is typically treated with a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—a type of psychotherapy designed to change harmful thinking and behavior patterns—and serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medication.
Unfortunately, SSRIs—which increase your brain’s serotonin levels to reduce depression and PTSD symptoms—take approximately 4-6 weeks to work. Ketamine infusion therapy, meanwhile, can begin to take effect in as little as a single 45-minute treatment.
Medical experts believe that ketamine works by binding to the NMDA receptors in the brain, increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter glutamate. This neurotransmitter then activates your AMPA receptors, which affect mood, cognition, and thought patterns.
While some PTSD patients have experienced dramatic improvements, results vary so you and your provider will work together to design the right ketamine infusion therapy plan for you.
If your PTSD symptoms haven’t responded to traditional treatments, call the expert team at Apex Ketamine Therapy to learn more about ketamine infusion therapy.