Many patients suffering from PTSD report a sense of calm and well-being that they have not felt for a long time.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop following exposure to a traumatic event that is beyond typical stressors. This may include natural or human-caused disasters, personal assaults, military combat or domestic abuse – just to name a few. Individuals with PTSD may experience persistent and frightening thoughts, memories and flashbacks of the event, sleep disruptions, and detached feelings.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, roughly 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (7-8% of US population) will experience PTSD at some point in their lives.
A randomized clinical trial suggests Ketamine treatment can reduce symptoms of PTSD. 1 Many individuals that have not been able to find relief through other therapies have reported a reduction in depression and anxiety symptoms following Ketamine treatment.
Signs and symptoms of PTSD include: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Often these symptoms will get in the way of work, family, and social activities and will vary in intensity over time.
1 Feder A, Parides MK, Murrough JW, Perez AM, Morgan JE, Saxena S, Kirkwood K, Aan Het Rot M, Lapidus KA, Wan LB, Iosifescu D, Charney DS. (2014). Efficacy of intravenous ketamine for treatment of chronic posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 71(6), 681.