The medical community has clearly shown that trauma can have an impact on your brain. It changes the way that the chemicals in your brain work, completely altering your personality, your ability to cope, and the way that you interact with others. There are certain traumas that are so severe that they provoke a reaction that cannot be forgotten. When a person is battling with PTSD, it is a very personal experience. Their friends and family members who have not gone through the trauma have no idea what it is like for the person who is suffering. If you are dealing with this condition, ketamine therapy may be able to help you, especially if you have not responded to other treatments.
Certain things may trigger PTSD symptoms, but since friends and family members do not experience the same trauma or the trauma does not have the same effect on them, friends and family members may not thoroughly understand why it is having such a powerful effect on the affected individual. Never forget, PTSD is extremely real. It presents challenges every single day to the sufferer. It turns a world that seemed like a safe, warm and inviting place into something that is scary.
When discussing what it is like to live with PTSD, some people have compared it to a situation where they feel like they constantly need to watch their back. They’re constantly looking over their shoulder and feel like they cannot trust those around them. As much as they want to, they just cannot walk away from it.
PTSD sufferers understand that triggers can happen at any time. They can smell something, they can have a dream, a person may treat them in a particular way, or something simple sets them off. No matter how much they want to, they cannot just flip a switch and turn the PTSD off.
Ketamine therapy is showing promise as a way of helping individuals who are battling with PTSD and other disorders. Ketamine is a treatment that is given to individuals intravenously. It is given at a dose not strong enough to make the product an anesthetic. Ketamine therapy has been shown to be very safe, and it does not produce serious negative side effects.
One of the benefits of using ketamine therapy is that if it works for you, you’re going to see a reduction of your symptoms relatively quickly. Some studies have shown that ketamine therapy used for less than an hour can produce a rapid reduction in PTSD symptoms.
Make an appointment at Montana Psychiatry & Brain Health Center to learn more about ketamine therapy. This treatment has shown positive results for PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Billings!