Living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) can be a daily struggle against debilitating symptoms. Surviving a traumatic experience can sometimes feel like only half the battle, with the other half beginning as PTSD symptoms begin to take hold. Breakthrough treatments for PTSD bring promise to those fighting the battle every day, and ketamine therapy is the leader of the pack.
What is PTSD, and How Can Ketamine Help?
For decades, PTSD was primarily associated with active-duty veterans after military service deployment. Scientists, doctors and medical researchers now understand that anyone who has experienced, witnessed or lived through a traumatic event can have PTSD. Sometimes symptom onset is delayed, and sometimes a diagnosis is delayed; by the time you have a name for what you’re fighting, you can feel totally overwhelmed by the condition.
Ketamine is a drug on the World Health Organization’s list of Essential Medicines and has been used safely by medical professionals for more than five decades, primarily as a battlefield anesthetic for soldiers wounded in the line of duty. During the 1990s, research showed that soldiers injured in battle who were treated while ketamine was used as an anesthetic were markedly less likely to develop PTSD. Many military service members who’d had injuries and were treated with different anesthetic drugs did go on to develop PTSD. With this correlation came controlled studies and scientific research to zero in on how ketamine might be used to treat patients suffering with PTSD.
Could Ketamine Therapy Be Right for You?
No two people are identical, nor are any two traumatic experiences. Some treatments do not work for everyone, but for those who do undergo ketamine therapy for conditions like PTSD, C-PTSD, treatment-resistant depression or persistent anxiety, it can be a highly effective relief from symptoms. Unlike many other treatment options, it can also begin to provide noticeable relief from the first session for many patients. Within days or even hours of ketamine therapy, it is possible to feel lessening of the most pernicious symptoms.
To find out more about ketamine, who can benefit from ketamine therapy and whether you are a good candidate, contact Ketamine Healing Clinic of Los Angeles & Orange County today.
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