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Ketamine: A Promising Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Medically reviewed by: Dr. Peck
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It’s characterized by intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety. PTSD can lead to depression, social isolation, and difficulty functioning.

Until recently, the pharmacological treatments for PTSD have had limited effectiveness and sometimes come with unpleasant side effects. But a new treatment option may offer new hope.

Ketamine is an anesthetic and analgesic drug that has been used in medical settings for decades, but it has recently been studied for its potential to treat PTSD. In small studies, it has been found to reduce symptoms of PTSD and improve quality of life for patients.

How does ketamine work for PTSD? Researchers believe that ketamine works for brain fog by reducing the activity of glutamate, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is linked to the development of anxiety and fear. Ketamine appears to block the synaptic pathways involved in the development of PTSD, interrupting the cycle of fear and anxiety.

Ketamine is administered intravenously, usually as an infusion. The infusion is typically done over the course of an hour, and patients will typically receive multiple treatments over the course of several weeks or months. The effects of ketamine treatment may last for days, weeks, or even months.

Ketamine is generally considered to be a safe and effective treatment for PTSD. But as with any medical treatment, there can be risks and side effects. The most common side effects include nausea, dizziness, confusion, and increased heart rate. Some patients have experienced more serious side effects, such as hallucinations and dissociation.

If you’re suffering from PTSD, talk to your doctor to see if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you. While it may not be a cure-all, ketamine may be able to provide relief from your symptoms and improve your quality of life.