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Can Ketamine Infusion Help My PTSD?

Most of us will experience a traumatic event at some point in our lives. In fact, 60% of men and 50% of women will go through at least one traumatic event. For 8 million of those individuals, the event triggers a life-changing mental health condition known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Unfortunately, many people suffering from PTSD don’t seek the care and treatment they need. 

Our team of medical and psychological experts at the Pain & Recovery Center urge you not to ignore or “tough it out” with your PTSD. Instead, we encourage you to see how our revolutionary treatments, like intravenous (IV) ketamine infusions, can help you find relief from your worst symptoms. 

A review of PTSD

PTSD is a psychological and emotional disorder caused by experiencing or witnessing a significantly traumatic event. 

Some of the most common traumatic events that trigger PTSD include:

No two people experience trauma the same way, and there are a few biological and hereditary factors that contribute to your likelihood of developing PTSD. 

For example, the amount and severity of your trauma, inherited mental health issues, your temperament, and the way your brain regulates your chemical reaction to stress all play roles in developing PTSD. 

You’re at a greater risk for PTSD if your trauma occurred early in life, you struggle with substance abuse, or you don’t have a sound support system of friends and family. 

While there’s a long list of traumatic events and factors that contribute to your PTSD, we believe there are a few simple, effective treatments. 

Treating your PTSD

We offer a wide variety of mental health treatments from medication to counseling and therapy. We are also proud to offer IV ketamine infusions as a treatment for your PTSD. 

What is ketamine?

You’ve likely heard about ketamine and its long history of abuse as a recreational drug. 

While it can be dangerous when taken recklessly and without the careful supervision of one of our providers, the correct dosage of ketamine provides relief from serious mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. 

How does ketamine work?

Ketamine stimulates your body’s production of an important amino acid called glutamate. This special amino acid supports your nervous system. With your glutamate replenished, your brain is able to regulate neurotransmitters and reduce your symptoms.

IV infusion is the most effective way to administer ketamine as it directly injects it into your bloodstream, which rapidly circulates it throughout your body. 

What should you expect from your infusions?

When you arrive for your ketamine infusion therapy session, you’ll recline comfortably in a chair as we gently insert the IV. 

Over the next hour or so, you’ll relax as the ketamine slowly flows through your bloodstream. You may experience a floating feeling or dissociate during your therapy. This reaction is expected and subsides shortly after your treatment. 

After we remove the IV, you’ll rest for about 15 minutes to let any side effects, like dizziness, wear off. You’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home, and you should avoid operating heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after your treatment. 

Most of our patients experience relief from symptoms after just one session, but we may recommend a series of treatments to ensure the best results. 

When you’re ready to stop living in the shadow of your past, call our Albuquerque, New Mexico, office at 505-750-2034, or schedule an appointment online.

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