Ketamine Infusion therapy has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, is a mental health condition that can affect some people after experiencing or witnessing combat, trauma, sexual assault, or some other traumatic event. Approximately 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. About 8 million adults are affected in any given year. The signs and symptoms of PTSD can range from general anxiety and depression, feelings of guilt and shame, to personality changes and self-destructive behaviors including misuse of medications and drugs. Many PTSD sufferers have thoughts of suicide and unfortunately many with this condition take their own lives. Ketamine infusion therapies can, unlike traditional treatment, provide ketamine treatment for PTSD and thus provide immediate temporary relief from some of the most serious feelings associated with PTSD. This includes relief from heightened anxiety, helplessness and depression.
Traditional treatments include anxiolytics such as Valium or Xanax. These drugs may decrease the anxiety, but may leave the person feeling tired and lethargic. SSRI antidepressants may take weeks to work and have unwanted side effects. Talk therapy, while important for developing coping skills, takes time and doesn’t address the physical symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression. Virginia Infusion Therapies provides ketamine treatment for PTSD. Ketamine has been shown to provide immediate relief of symptoms in 70% of patients after only a single treatment.
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Introduction to Ketamine forPost-traumatic Stress Disorder
Why you should strongly consider
Ketamine Infusions for your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Patients who suffer from depression, severe anxiety, and/or PTSD, are often desperate for relief from the feelings of sadness, anxiety, helplessness, and even suicidal thoughts. Traditional treatment are often far less effective than Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Traditional treatments generally include Anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medications), antidepressants, and talk therapy. Anxiolytics which include the benzodiazepine class of medications, such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax, while often effective in decreasing the levels of anxiety, will often leave patients feeling tired, lethargic, and even forgetful; Antidepressants are effective in approximately 60-70% of people and may take months to take effect; and while talk therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is imperative in helping the patient develop appropriate situational coping skills, it will do little in helping you rapidly overcome the associated anxiety and depression.
Ketamine is a big deal because it has been found to provide immediate relief in up to 70% of patients that have tried it. This includes patients with major depression, postpartum depression, severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar depression, and even pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. The most importantly, Ketamine has the potential to provide immediate relief in patients that need rapid improvement of their mental and physical symptoms.
A Major Breakthrough
Ketamine has the ability to treat patients with PTSD and “treatment resistant” major depression in a matter of minutes! 70% of patients will see some improvement in their depressive symptoms after only a single infusion.
This improvement is however, temporary; and progressive improvement requires several treatments. The rapid improvement after a Ketamine infusion is exciting news for patients with PTSD or severe depression as they are known to have much higher rates of self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
With traditional medications, many patients with PTSD and treatment resistant depression may have to wait months and endure trying to find the proper combination of medications and treatments with limited success. Also, the usual prescription medications can have severe side effects and weight gain. In addition, many of the newer medications are designed for patients with schizophrenia and not depression. These medications often have their own side effects that can include temporary or even permanent problems with movement, abnormal thoughts, inability to sleep as well as other adverse effects.
In contrast, ketamine represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of depression, providing immediate relief with only minimal and temporary side effects.
Virginia Infusion Therapies
The First Ketamine Clinic in Northern Virginia
Virginia Infusion Therapies is one of the the first Ketamine Clinics in Northern Virginia, and the first clinic in Loudoun County to provide Ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of Major Depression and Pain Conditions. The clinic was established by four physicians in Loudoun who, through their professional experiences in medicine and their personal family experiences with depression, recognized that there are major problems in the recognition and treatment of depression. They recognized that Major Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and some pain conditions are often medical emergencies that requires treatments that are more effective… and more effective IMMEDIATELY.
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