How Ketamine Therapy is Helping Patients With PTSD

How Ketamine Therapy is Helping Patients With PTSD

There are no specific medications for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as people can have unique trauma that must be handled on a case-by-case basis. This makes treatment difficult, and it can take time to see results from psychotherapy and support groups. If you’ve been waiting for relief that hasn’t come yet, it might be time to try something new: ketamine therapy. 

At Ketaesthetic in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, our team of ketamine infusion specialists provides groundbreaking treatment in a comfortable and discreet outpatient setting so you can find relief from PTSD symptoms. 

Treating PTSD

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can often be sorted into four categories: intrusive memories, avoidance, reactivity, and negative thoughts and mood swings. 

PTSD can affect every moment of every day, bearing down on you at all times. You might spend your waking hours feeling anxious, depressed, or irritable. At night, you may suffer from sleep disturbances and nightmares after you go to bed. 

Psychotherapy can help patients work through trauma and learn coping methods, but the physical symptoms can be more difficult to treat. While medications for depression and anxiety can help, they aren’t designed to treat the root issue: PTSD. 

Ketamine infusion therapy can address physical manifestations of anxiety and trauma, while also addressing the mental condition causing them. 

Introducing ketamine therapy

Originally used as a general anesthetic, psychiatrists have been exploring other uses for ketamine, particularly in the mental health field. After researchers discovered that ketamine produced positive results in cases involving treatment-resistant depression, studies expanded to include other conditions, such as PTSD and anxiety.  

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, which means people tend to “drift off” and enter a sleep-like state after receiving it. This soothing effect makes it a valuable therapeutic drug since it puts patients at ease and allows them to relax during their treatment. 

What to expect 

Your ketamine infusion therapy takes place at the Ketaesthetic clinic, in a safe and controlled environment. Our team makes sure you feel comfortable before administering the ketamine using a slow IV drip. This gradual dosage allows you to gently slip under, and stay under until the treatment is over. 

The experience is very peaceful, much like a trance. Our expert team stays nearby in case you become confused or anxious, but most people describe the treatment as calming. The team monitors you for negative reactions, but aside from that, you are left alone until it’s time to come back up. 

Many people feel an immediate improvement after ketamine therapy, and only need a few more sessions after their first. This is because ketamine infusion therapy “resets” how you think, allowing you to build healthier thought patterns and overcome trauma. 

Struggling with persistent PTSD? The team at Ketaesthetic can help you learn more and determine if infusion therapy is right for you. To schedule a consultation, call 973-604-3848 or request an appointment online

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