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What is PTSD?

PTSD (PostTraumatic Stress Disorder) is a condition that develops in the aftermath of a traumatic incident. While PTSD has long been associated with veterans of conflict, the disorder can cripple anyone who’s experienced a life-altering or dangerous incidents. Survivors of childhood abuse, sexual assault, accidents, and natural disasters can suffer from PTSD. 

Are Ketamine Infusions an Effective Treatment for PTSD?

Two Ketamine infusion treatments a week, for four weeks, has been shown to alleviate symptoms in a majority of patients in veteran populations with treatment resistant PTSD in a study funded by the VA. (VA Office of Research and Development) Ketamine helps heal and enhance the functionality of the brain in PTSD patients. “Ketamine increases the number and function of synapses” (Yale School of Medicine). 

Another study with general population also found Ketamine to be a fast and effective treatment for PTSD. “Our results provide the first evidence that a single dose of IV ketamine was associated with rapid reduction of core PTSD symptoms and reduction in comorbid depressive symptoms in patients with chronic PTSD.” (Mount Sinai Hospital) 

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How Does Ketamine Treats PTSD?

Ketamine affects the brain differently than other medicines prescribed for PTSD.  Scientific literature has shown that Ketamine works by quickly increasing levels of the most common neurotransmitter in the brain; Glutamate. Normal amounts of Glutamate are necessary for healthy brain function.

“Accumulating evidence demonstrates aberrant glutamatergic function in mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders and dysfunction in glutamate neurotransmission is increasingly considered a cardinal feature of stress-related psychiatric disorders including PTSD.” (VA National Center for PTSD and Yale University 

Ketamine-mediated synaptic plasticity changes appear to occur within a matter of hours after ketamine administration

Additionally, through FMRI brain scans, ketamine is shown to grow new and repair damaged neural pathways, allowing the brain a chance to heal. “Ketamine-mediated synaptic plasticity changes appear to occur within a matter of hours after ketamine administration” (Mt. Sinai Hospital) 

Ketamine alleviates the worst symptoms of PTSD, allowing them to grow past their trauma in a unique manner. While Ketamine is not a cure for PTSD, it presents a window of opportunity for healing that many patients have never experienced. 

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Why Choose New Pathways Clinic for Your Ketamine Infusions for PTSD?

At New Pathways Clinic, we have the most experienced team in Ohio in providing Ketamine infusions for mental health. We want to show you the promise these treatments have for alleviating the worst symptoms of PTSD. We believe in holistic mental wellness and encourage you to maintain or engage in therapy during these treatments, as studies show it produces the best results. New Pathways Clinic always have a network of psychologists available to accompany treatments upon request.  

Have you have suffered from PTSD and not yet found the healing you desire?

Do you wonder why medications don’t seem to help your treatment plan? 

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