KETAMINE TREATMENT FOR PTSD Looking for relief from PTSD symptoms? IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy can help.
Research shows that experiencing severe trauma or loss can trigger high levels of stress that change the brain. Whether you are a military veteran that served in a war, an abuse survivor or a person in mourning, exposure to extreme trauma can affect you at an emotional level and also change your brain chemistry. When this occurs, you may also experience symptoms of depression that lead to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
People with PTSD have chemical imbalances in the brain that trigger symptoms such as fear, extreme anxiety, and even emotional detachment. Former treatment options have included a combination of talk therapy, or psychotherapy, and antidepressants. Now, there’s an alternative solution available for PTSD sufferers: Ketamine Infusion Therapy.
Undergoing Ketamine Therapy for PTSD
When you start ketamine therapy for PTSD, you’ll be closely monitored by our medical staff and you’ll settle in a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment while we monitor your pulse, oxygen level, blood pressure, and other vitals before administering the infusion. Our facility is equipped with hospital grade equipment and you will have a medical professional monitoring you the entire time.
Most patients do not feel any side effects, outside of dissociation, during treatment. Some may experience dizziness, nausea, and/or fatigue. This typically subsides quickly and medication can be administered to treat most the symptoms (not the fatigue) or to prevent it on subsequent treatments so you will be able to move and walk around without discomfort after your session. The average time spent recovering is 15-20 minutes.
Your insurance company may partially reimburse you for the cost of ketamine treatment for PTSD. While we do not bill insurance, we can provide you with billing codes so you can submit your claim
The Science Behind Ketamine Therapy for PTSD
Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist and an AMPA receptor stimulator. AMPA stimulation is necessary for increasing brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which in turn stimulates the formation of new receptors and synapses. This process is critical for making connections between neurons and is often severely compromised among those suffering from PTSD, depression, and mood disorders.
The Research Behind Ketamine Therapy for PTSD
In the last decade alone, institutions including Yale University, The National Institute of Mental Health, Stanford University, The Black Dog Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital have conducted clinical research studies that prove ketamine therapy is effective for treating mood disorders and pain conditions. Some have reported a 70%-80% success rate or higher.
Why Choose Upstate Ketamine Centers?
Upstate Ketamine Care provides ketamine therapy for PTSD in a clean, state-of-the-art facility. Our highly qualified and compassionate board certified medical staff work to tailor a treatment plan that best meets your needs. We understand the unique needs of PTSD sufferers — especially military veterans, abuse survivors, and other individuals who have survived any type of traumatic experience that still has an impact on their lives today. We are here to help.