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How Ketamine Helps Heal Trauma

Medically reviewed by: Dr. Peck
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In recent years, ketamine has been increasingly used to help people suffering from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many studies have shown that the drug can provide rapid relief from these conditions, offering a viable alternative to traditional treatments. But how exactly does ketamine work to heal trauma and help those suffering from depression, anxiety and PTSD?

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that has been used in medical settings for decades. In recent years, it has been used to treat depression, anxiety and PTSD. This is because ketamine has been found to have powerful antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects that can help individuals manage their symptoms.

Ketamine works by modulating the glutamate system in the brain. Glutamate is the most abundant neurotransmitter in the brain and is involved in many different functions, including cognition, memory, emotion, and behavior. The drug is believed to reduce the activity of the glutamate system, resulting in a decrease in depressive symptoms. It can also reduce anxiety levels, allowing individuals to cope better with distressing events.

Ketamine also works to help heal trauma by reducing the body’s stress response. This is accomplished by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain, which helps to reduce the release of cortisol, a hormone released by the body in response to stress. By reducing the amount of cortisol released, the body is able to better regulate the stress response and can help individuals cope with traumatic events in a more healthy way.

Ketamine has been used successfully to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. The drug has also been found to be effective in treating chronic pain, which can often be a result of trauma. The drug works quickly and can provide relief within a few hours. However, it is important to note that relief is not permanent and will require ongoing treatment.

Ketamine is a powerful tool for healing trauma, depression, anxiety and PTSD. It has been shown to provide fast relief from symptoms and can be used as a viable alternative to traditional treatments. If you are struggling with any of these conditions, talk to your doctor about whether ketamine may be the right option for you.