Trauma is far too prevalent, affecting around 70% of Americans at some point during their lives, and up to 8% of the population develops post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Like many mental health conditions, PTSD can be challenging to treat. Neal Taub, MD, at Charlotte Ketamine Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers ketamine therapy as an alternative to conventional treatments for PTSD. Call Charlotte Ketamine Center or make an appointment online today to find out if ketamine therapy is right for you.
PTSD is a specific type of anxiety disorder that develops after you experience a traumatic event. For example, PTSD is common in military personnel who have experienced active combat situations as well as civilians who have lived through personal assault, natural disasters, or active shooter situations.
While it’s normal to have heightened feelings of anxiety after experiencing trauma, most of the time, these emotions and related symptoms subside as time passes.
PTSD, on the other hand, typically emerges with three months of the event, and its symptoms become more severe and disruptive over time.
PTSD causes distinct symptoms in four categories: intrusive memories, avoidance behaviors, negative feelings, and hyperreactivity.
For example, flashbacks and nightmares are well-known PTSD symptoms. These intrusive memories are often so realistic that you might feel like you’re reliving the event.
You might also start to avoid places or people that trigger your memories. Over time, as your symptoms worsen, you may find that you try to avoid so much that it interferes with your day-to-day life.
You might also be plagued by negative thoughts about yourself or others. You might also start to have angry outbursts or engage in reckless, self-destructive behaviors.
If you suspect you have PTSD, talk to a doctor about your symptoms for a formal diagnosis and to start treatment.
The conventional treatment for PTSD is a combination of medicine and therapy. However, this isn’t effective for many people. Charlotte Ketamine Center offers safe, effective ketamine therapy, including intravenous infusions and inhalable nebulized ketamine for PTSD.
Ketamine therapy stimulates the production of glutamate — a neurotransmitter that regulates your response to stress and the formation of traumatic memories — which provides rapid relief of PTSD symptoms.
All ketamine treatments are outpatient therapies performed under the careful supervision of a clinical staff member. You may experience some initial side effects and should avoid driving for the rest of the day after your treatment.
If you’re curious about ketamine therapy for PTSD, make an appointment at Charlotte Ketamine Center. They offer detailed exams and consultations to determine if ketamine therapy is right for you.