Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment and Ketamine Infusion

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD affects nearly 5.2 million Americans per year. It is a life-crippling condition can that make a person feel like he will never feel normal again and recover from a particular incident. However, by reaching out for support, seeking proper treatment, and ensuing coping skills, people can successfully defeat PTSD and move on happily with life.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that occurs after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or life-threatening event. The events may include natural disasters, military warfare, road traffic accidents, terrorism, personal attacks like sexual or physical assault, death or separation of a loved one, and/or any other event that might otherwise be considered a traumatic experience.

A lot of people experience such traumatic events at least once in their lifetime but not everyone develops PTSD. They may face difficulties temporarily in coping and adjusting but they usually get better with time and self-care. If the symptoms do not get better or re-emerge later in life, last for months or even years, and disrupt daily life activities, they may have PTSD.

People with PTSD have different experiences, but the most common symptoms are the following:



Re-experiencing the traumatic event through intruding memories, nightmares, flashbacks, etc.


A state of hyperarousal including irritability, sleep problems, anger outbursts, self-destructive or reckless behavior


Avoiding anything that reminds them of that traumatic event


Pessimistic thoughts and mood swings that include feeling depressed, anxious, alone, hopeless, guilty or self-blame


Feeling numb and detached from the world

The symptoms of PTSD usually develop within 3 months of a traumatic event, but they may not appear until years after it. PTSD is associated with causing changes in the structure and function of the brain. The tendency of key stress hormones getting out of sync is also there. All these changes may lead to a substantial disruption in the personal, professional, educational and social life of the sufferers.

Treatment Options

PTSD is certainly disabling but treatable. It is usually treated with the help of a combination of certain medications and psychotherapy. In medications, antianxiety and antidepressant agents can be used to control the symptoms of anxiety disorder and depression and improve sleep. Antipsychotic agents can also be used for a short period of time to control symptoms related to extreme anger outbursts and hyperarousal. Types of psychotherapy that can help to treat PTSD include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family therapy, exposure therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Another pertinent option for treating PTSD is Ketamine Infusion Therapy.


Ketamine infusion therapy is a novel treatment for various mental health disorders including PTSD. It has been introduced as an alternative option particularly for people who do not respond well to the conventional treatment methods. One prime benefit of this therapy is it starts showing its effects within hours to days – as opposed to other medications that require weeks to months. The side-effects are also none to minimal. Patients who have undergone ketamine infusion therapy have also reported speedy cessation of suicidal ideations and long term reduction in depression and anxiety – all symptoms that often co-occur with PTSD.

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