PTSD Q & AAlleviant Health Centers
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that comes on after you experience a traumatic, shocking, or frightening experience.
PTSD is typically associated with soldiers who have suffered trauma on the battlefield, but it can strike anyone who has witnessed or experienced a dangerous or life-altering event. Examples include:
- Sexual assault
- Living through a life-threatening event or disaster
- Suddenly losing a loved one
- Childhood trauma
- Injury or disease
PTSD typically develops when the triggering event isn’t dealt with properly, and you internalize the aftermath. PTSD can be acute (short-lived) or chronic.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD manifests itself in numerous ways, as people respond differently to life-altering experiences. There are, however, common symptoms, including:
- Re-experiencing: flashbacks of the event
- Avoidance: avoiding places or feelings associated with the event
- Arousal and reactivity: feeling tense, easily startled
- Mood disorders: anxiety, fear, depression, guilt
- Cognitive disorders: forgetfulness, especially about the event
While it’s natural to feel many of these symptoms after a traumatic event, they typically resolve themselves with time and distance. If, however, you’re experiencing these symptoms for more than a month, and they seriously affect your day-to-day activities, you may be dealing with some form of PTSD.
How does Ketamine help PTSD?
Since research into PTSD has only been done in earnest over the past decade, our understanding of the disorder is still limited. Mental health professionals turn to drugs and psychotherapy, often in combination, with limited results. Not to mention, these treatments for PTSD take time — time that sufferers can ill afford.
Brian Mears, CRNA, has been successfully treating patients with PTSD through an intravenous ketamine infusion. In fact, 75% of people who undergo ketamine infusion at Alleviant Health Centers experience some degree of immediate relief from their symptoms.
Results vary, and many people require several treatments, while others experience dramatic improvement after just one. To learn more about ketamine IV infusions, call Alleviant Health Centers or book an appointment online.
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