Benefits of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy: Treating Psychoemotional Diseases Like PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that a patient develops after having a significantly traumatic experience. The types of trauma that can induce PTSD include sexual assaults, natural disasters, car accidents, and combat situations.

Nearly 80 percent of people will experience at least one traumatic incident in their lifetime. However, most individuals will not go on to develop PTSD. The risk of developing PTSD for life is about 10 percent. Incidentally, women are two times more susceptible to PTSD than men.

IV Ketamine Therapy has shown tremendous promise in the treatment of psycho-emotional conditions such as PTSD. Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by Dr. Steven Mandel, provides ketamine infusion treatments to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and surrounding locations.

PTSD Symptoms

People who go on to have PTSD have one or more of the following symptoms in general.

  • Traumatic nightmares
  • Flashbacks that make the patient relieve the event
  • Distressful feelings after exposure to traumatic stimuli or reminders
  • Hyperarousal or hypervigilance
  • Avoidance of certain situations or thoughts
  • Negative mood and thoughts, which include depression, despair, and shame.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy has now been introduced as an alternative way of treating patients who have not shown a positive response to other treatment options for PTSD. Ketamine is given to patients intravenously at doses which are sub-anesthetic, which makes it safe for use in outpatient clinical settings. The side effects, such as a feeling of dissociation and a mildly elevated blood pressure, are transient and go away within two hours.

Studies have shown that even one infusion of ketamine can result in a rapid reduction of PTSD symptoms. Furthermore, both the treatment provider and the patient will quickly know whether Ketamine Therapy is going to be beneficial. This understanding enables a patient to quickly decide if ketamine is a good treatment option for them, without having to waste too much time or suffer from the side effects of traditional long-term medications.

Research Study

The first proof from a random clinical trial, which holds a promise that Ketamine IV Therapy could offer fast symptomatic relief in chronic PTSD patients, has been published.

Ketamine has made headlines in the past few years due to various research trials carried out at New York City’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Researchers have noted that ketamine has a fast antidepressant impact when given intravenously.

Researcher Adriana Feder discovered that ketamine’s intravenous infusion was linked with rapid and significant reduction of severe PTSD symptoms.

Feder thinks that the findings may result in new Ketamine Therapy based approaches for treating chronic PTSD, something that impacts a wide spectrum of adults in the United States and the world over. The patients can include war veterans and sexual assault victims, as well as those who have seen catastrophic incidents.

Dr. Steven Mandel receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and nearby areas for ketamine infusion treatments to address the symptoms of PTSD and various other depressive disorders.

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625 

Treating patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Sacramento, CA,  Northern & Southern California, Las Vegas, NV and many other cities from west to east coast.

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