Treat PTSD with ketamine

A staggering 8 million Americans suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). If you’re one of them, help is here. With ketamine, you can prevent, reduce, or even eliminate the symptoms of PTSD, such as hyperarousal, mood changes, psychological numbing, and headaches.You don’t have to live like this. Get the treatment you need to live the life that you deserve.

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What is ketamine?
Ketamine is a medication that helps alleviate acute and chronic pain—both physically and mentally. Best of all, ketamine works quickly and effectively, so you don’t have to wait weeks or even months to find relief from symptoms as is the case with most antidepressants.
When was ketamine created?
Ketamine has a long history as a pain reliever.Developed in 1962, ketamine was initially used as an anesthetic on battlefields, in operating rooms, and in pediatric medicine for minor procedures. Beginning in the 1970s, ketamine gained the unfortunate reputation as a club drug as it became a popular substance of abuse among partygoers and later rave culture.Ketamine’s notoriety took a positive turn in1990s when the Yale School of Medicine began researching ketamine therapy as a potential treatment for depression. They found that ketamine can provide significant relief of depression symptoms when administered in a clinical setting and at the right dosage.Further studies have shown similar results, with significant positive outcomes for ketamine among patients with severe treatment-resistant depression and suicidal ideation.“The rapid therapeutic response of ketamine in treatment-resistant patients is the biggest breakthrough in depression research in a half century,” said Ronald Duman, the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine.
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Ketamine treats PTSD in the same way that it treats depression, chronic pain, and suicide ideation. That’s why it’s so powerful, according to Dr. Martin Teicher, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital.

"I think it’s having multiple effects, and that means it’s probably useful for multiple different disorders," Teicher told NPR.
There are two main ways that ketamine treats PTSD in particular: By blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)—a receptor involved in the amplification of pain signals, opioid tolerance, and the development of central sensitization And by triggering glutamate production—a neurotransmitter that mediates response to stress and the formation of traumatic memories. This all encourages the brain to rewire and alter its connection between cells, which allows the brain to be more adaptable and create new pathways—both of which provide opportunities to create more positive thoughts and behaviors. Unlike other solutions, ketamine works beyond its day of use, helping with PTSD long-term.
Other uses for ketamine
Ketamine has also effectively been used to treat the following: