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Treat PTSD with ketamine

A staggering 8 million Americans suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). If you’re one of them, help is here. With ketamine, you can prevent, reduce, or even eliminate the symptoms of PTSD, such as hyperarousal, mood changes, psychological numbing, and headaches.

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Is Ketamine Right for Me?

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication that helps alleviate acute and chronic pain—both physically and mentally. Best of all, ketamine works quickly and effectively, so you don’t have to wait weeks or even months to find relief from symptoms as is the case with most antidepressants.

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History of ketamine

Ketamine was created in the mid-twentieth century, and by the 1960s, was used as an anesthetic on battlefields, in operating rooms, and as an alternative for people who had negative reactions to other anesthetics.

Unfortunately, ketamine began being used as a party drug, used in excessive amounts and administered in dangerous ways. This led to a bad reputation and tightly restricted laws.

Ketamine bounced back in the 1990s, when the Yale School of Medicine began researching ketamine as a potential treatment for depression. Their findings indicated that ketamine can effectively treat depression when it’s administered accurately and at the proper dosage. More studies followed, showing that same result and even proving ketamine can help with severe depression and suicidal ideation.

More recently, scientists and doctors have studied ketamine as a treatment for PTSD. They’ve found that ketamine can be and has been effective in both treating and even preventing PTSD in many instances.

When the VA cleared the way for the use of Spravato (esketamine), an FDA-approved prescription form of ketamine in a nasal spray, in its clinics on March 19, 2019, the VA announced that practitioners would be able to prescribe the medication for patients who were determined to have treatment-resistant depression but only after appropriate clinical assessment and in accordance with their patients’ preferences.

Ketamine As a Treatment Option for PTSD:

Ketamine treats PTSD in the same way that it treats depression, chronic pain, and suicide ideation. That’s why it’s so powerful, according to Dr. Martin Teicher, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital.

"I think it’s having multiple effects, and that means it’s probably useful for multiple different disorders," Teicher told NPR.

There are two main ways that ketamine treats PTSD in particular:

By blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)—a receptor involved in the amplification of pain signals, opioid tolerance, and the development of central sensitization And by triggering glutamate production—a neurotransmitter that mediates response to stress and the formation of traumatic memories.

This all encourages the brain to rewire and alter its connection between cells, which allows the brain to be more adaptable and create new pathways—both of which provide opportunities to create more positive thoughts and behaviors.

Unlike other solutions, ketamine works beyond its day of use, helping with PTSD long-term.

Other uses for ketamine

Ketamine has also effectively been used to treat the following:

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Sources:   Ketamine, Center for Substance Abuse Research; How New Ketamine Drug Helps with Depression, Yale Medicine; Ketamine for major depression: New tool, new questions, Harvard Health Publishing; What You Need to Know About Ketamine’s Effects, WebMD; Ketamine: Exploring continuation-phase treatment for depression, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER); Highlight: Ketamine: A New (and Faster) Path to Treating Depression, National Institute of Mental Health; What are the uses of ketamine?, Medical News Today; Depression, World Health Organization

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