Veterans and PTSD: The Impact of Innovative Ketamine Treatments

June 14, 2023 by Steve Suntala

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition often associated with veterans returning from combat. However, anyone who has experienced a life-altering or dangerous incident can suffer from PTSD. Traditional treatment methods have not always been effective, leaving many searching for alternative options. One such promising alternative is ketamine therapy.

Ketamine: A New Hope for PTSD

Ketamine, previously known for its use as a surgical anesthetic, is emerging as a powerful treatment option for those dealing with PTSD. Despite being a relatively new treatment, research funded by the VA Office of Research and Development has shown that ketamine treatments can alleviate symptoms in most veteran patients suffering from treatment-resistant PTSD. A Yale School of Medicine study further revealed that ketamine helps enhance the brain’s functionality, repairing the neural pathways damaged by PTSD.

Notably, a Mount Sinai Hospital study has also identified ketamine as a fast and effective alternative treatment for PTSD, linking a single dose of IV ketamine to rapidly reducing core PTSD symptoms and associated depressive symptoms.

How Does Ketamine Work for PTSD?

Unlike conventional PTSD medications, ketamine operates differently, acting on the brain’s glutamate system – the most common neurotransmitter in the brain. Adequate levels of glutamate are necessary for healthy brain function. Extensive research indicates that ketamine can quickly increase these levels, alleviating the worst symptoms of PTSD and helping patients move beyond their trauma.

Studies have shown that ketamine can grow new neural pathways and repair damaged ones, allowing the brain to heal. While it isn’t a definitive cure for PTSD, ketamine offers a unique window for healing that many patients have not previously experienced.

Choosing New Pathways Clinic for Ketamine Treatment

At New Pathways Clinic, we specialize in offering ketamine therapy for PTSD, harnessing the most experienced team in Ohio. We are committed to demonstrating the potential of these treatments to alleviate the debilitating symptoms of PTSD.

Moreover, we believe in a holistic approach to mental wellness, encouraging patients to engage in mental health therapy with their ketamine treatments. Studies show that combining ketamine therapy with conventional therapy yields the best results. We always have a network of psychologists available to accompany treatments upon request.

If you are a veteran suffering from PTSD and have yet to find the healing you desire, or if conventional medications don’t seem to be improving your condition, considering ketamine treatment might be the next step on your path to recovery. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced team today to discover if ketamine for PTSD can work for you.

Remember, PTSD does not define you. With innovative treatments like ketamine therapy, there is always hope for a brighter, healthier future.

At New Pathways Clinic our heartfelt mission is to establish a holistic mental wellness campus that touches the lives of individuals in the greater Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati regions. We are dedicated to combining state-of-the-art mental health treatments, like Ketamine therapy infusions and Spravato nasal spray, with the expertise of compassionate mental health professionals to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, migraines, and bipolar disorder.

Our unwavering commitment drives us to continuously evolve and adapt as the scientific landscape of ketamine research expands and diversifies, leading to innovative mental health treatments. We are determined to pave the way for a healthier future for Cleveland, central Ohio, and southern Ohio.

New Pathways Clinic also offers Semaglutide & Tirzepatide weight-loss shots, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, and  ketamine/Spravato support groups for patients.

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