Ketamine for PTSD Treatment in Salt Lake City
About 6 out of every 100 people (or 6% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives. About 12 million adults in the U.S. have PTSD during a given year (National Center for PTSD).
Fortunately, new treatment options like ketamine infusion therapy is giving new hope to those who have not been able to manage their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using conventional treatment methods.
Ketamine can provide fast relief for symptoms of PTSD. Unlike many of the current medications and therapies that can take weeks or months to start working, many of our patients report feeling substantial relief after their very first ketamine infusion.
What Causes PTSD?
The exact reason why people develop PTSD remains a mystery. However, research points to a combination of physical, emotional, and psychological factors. Some possible explanations include:
Changes in the Brain
PTSD is associated with changes in the structure and function of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for regulating emotion and stress. This may be one of the reasons why most PTSD patients have difficulty processing their emotions.
Changes in Stress Hormones
PTSD is also associated with changes in the levels of stress hormones, such as adrenaline in the body. These hormones prepare the body for a ‘fight-or-flight” response.
However, in people with PTSD, the levels of these hormones remain elevated even after the threat has passed, which can lead to PTSD symptoms such as anxiety, hyperarousal, and emotional numbness.
Some experts believe that PTSD may also be a result of the body’s natural survival mechanism. It is thought that the symptoms of PTSD, such as intrusive thoughts and flashbacks, may be the body’s way of trying to make sense of the trauma and prepare itself for similar scenarios in the future.
What Are Some Common Symptoms of PTSD?
- Excessive fear
- Panic attacks
- Feeling disconnected from others
- Angry outbursts
- Reckless or self-destructive behavior
How Does Ketamine for PTSD Treatment Work?
It is believed that one of the leading causes of PTSD and various other mood disorders is the overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps anxiety by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of PTSD symptoms.
By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons. Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors.
Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity – essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.
What Does Ketamine Treatment Feel Like?
During your PTSD treatment in Salt Lake City, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders, while infusions for chronic pain conditions require a larger dose.
A number of patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.
Does Ketamine Really Work for PTSD Treatment?
According to a study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry, reoccurring ketamine infusions have a substantial effect on decreasing the severity of PTSD in patients with 67% of those observed experiencing a 30% reduction in symptoms (American Journal of Psychiatry).
As the leading ketamine treatment provider in Salt Lake City, we look forward to helping our patients get back to enjoying the things they love to do with the people they love.