Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has a devastating impact on the lives of 11-20% of veterans and 7-8% of civilian adults. PTSD often doesn’t improve with today’s standard treatment options, which is why Angela Jones, MD, and the experienced team at Delaware Valley Wellness Center offer ketamine infusions. Low doses of ketamine can often quickly and effectively relieve the symptoms of PTSD even when other medications have failed. To schedule an appointment, complete the online questionnaire or call the office in Voorhees, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Delaware.
PTSD develops after you experience a traumatic or life-threatening event. You may be directly involved in the event, but you can also develop PTSD after witnessing an event or hearing about trauma that happened to a friend or family member.
The most common causes of PTSD include:
The death of a close friend or family member can also trigger PTSD.
PTSD causes a range of symptoms that may appear right after the traumatic event, or they may not appear for months or years later. Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms, and it’s often so severe that patients cancel or avoid their normal daily activities.
These are the symptoms you may experience if you have PTSD:
A flashback, dream, or sudden memory may make you relive the traumatic event. This triggers anxiety and may cause physical symptoms similar to a panic attack, like shortness of breath and a rapid heartbeat.
Your emotions or behaviors are more sensitive than before the traumatic event. You may feel on edge, angry, or stressed, or find that you’re easily startled.
You stay away from places or people that remind you of the event that caused your PTSD. You may also try to stop feelings or thoughts associated with the initial trauma.
You may lose interest in activities you once enjoyed, feel guilty or blame yourself for the event, or stop socializing with family and friends.
Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic that has been used during surgery for decades. It’s such a safe anesthetic that it is even used for children’s surgical procedures. When it’s used at a low dose, however, it doesn’t produce an anesthetic effect. Instead, it relieves pain and improves symptoms caused by mental health disorders.
Ketamine relieves the symptoms of PTSD by balancing a brain chemical called glutamate. Studies show that ketamine infusions produce a significant and rapid reduction in PTSD symptoms. By comparison, standard medications take weeks to produce results.
Additionally, Veterans Affairs medical centers have obtained successful results using ketamine to treat veterans who have PTSD and haven’t obtained relief with standard therapies.
If you’d like to learn more about this innovative treatment, call Delaware Valley Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online.