Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex mental health condition that starts after a traumatic or life-altering event. ReYou in Howell, New Jersey, serving Jackson, Lakewood, Toms River, Monmouth County, and Ocean County, offers supervised ketamine infusions as an alternative mental health solution for PTSD, especially when it doesn’t respond well to the more traditional treatments of psychotherapy and medications. To find out if you can benefit from ketamine for PTSD, call ReYou Ketamine Treatments or book an appointment online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops in response to traumatic events or circumstances in your life. You may have been a victim yourself, witnessed a traumatic event, or experienced a threat of trauma. In any case, PTSD can be debilitating and can hold you back in your personal, social, and professional life.
Because it was once called “shell shock,” many people assume PTSD only happens to combat soldiers and veterans. However, as research has accumulated over time, it’s clear that PTSD can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status.
PTSD often causes nightmares or flashbacks of traumatic events. As a result, you may alter your current circumstances or take other measures to avoid reminders of the event in your day-to-day life.
PTSD can potentially cause many different symptoms that can all fit into these four categories:
Intrusion includes intrusive thoughts and flashbacks, which happen outside of your control. Some individuals with PTSD get extremely vivid flashbacks and feel just like they’re reliving the event.
Avoidance is often the result of intrusion symptoms. You might avoid places, activities, objects, or people that are connected to the traumatic event in an attempt to prevent flashbacks or feelings.
Changes in your mood and the way you think are a common occurrence with PTSD. You might experience memory problems, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, or feelings of detachment related to your condition.
Changes in reactivity refer to how you react to stimuli in your environment. For example, PTSD can cause you to have angry outbursts over slight inconveniences that wouldn’t otherwise cause such reactions. It can also cause paranoia and make you easily startled.
The first line of treatment for PTSD usually involves a combination of cognitive therapy and medications. However, this approach is not the most effective way for everyone. ReYou Ketamine Treatments offers ketamine infusion therapy, an alternative mental health solution with a dissociative anesthetic to alter your perceptions and reduce symptoms.
Ketamine relieves pain and has long been used to do so, but it also changes your perception and thought patterns. The effects of ketamine for PTSD are nearly immediate and last for weeks at a time.
Each infusion at ReYou Ketamine Treatments takes less than an hour, but you’ll need to stay at the office for another couple hours after your infusion for observation. Your providers decide on a treatment regimen for you based on the results of your first session or two with ketamine infusions for PTSD.
To find out if you can benefit from ketamine infusions for PTSD, call ReYou Ketamine Treatments or book an appointment online today.