Emotional Scars Of PTSD And How Ketamine Can Help
It would be wonderful if life was a fairy tale and we all lived happily ever after. Unfortunately, the reality is that 7 in 10 people in America alone have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Of those people, 20% of them will go on to experience PTSD.
What is PTSD? According to the National Center for PTSD and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is “an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.”
Sadly, the aftermath of these tragedies is a very real struggle that far too many Americans are facing each and every day.
PTSD is a Daily Struggle for Many Americans
Some people who experience trauma will discover that the horrifying ripple effects it leaves will eventually begin to fade over time. However, for many others, those ripple effects will continue to negatively impact their lives. Rather than moving into the distance, they become emotional tsunamis that prevent them from leading a “normal” life. They find that certain noises or smells or environments can trigger their trauma and make them feel like they are reliving that traumatic event again and again. Many describe it as a nightmare they can never wake up from.
Those who experience PTSD are not alone. There are an estimated 24.4 million American adults who experience the debilitating effects of PTSD at some point in their lives. It is easy to brush aside a bunch of numbers, though. Let’s put that into perspective. Imagine the entire state of Texas suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. That is how widespread this issue is.
Perhaps you know that you are suffering from PTSD or perhaps you suspect that you might be. If you are unsure, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you avoid certain people, places, or circumstances out of fear it could trigger a negative response?
- Do you suddenly suffer from anxiety or panic attacks when you did not suffer from them before?
- Do the events of your trauma constantly replay themselves in your mind, like a bad dream you cannot escape from?
- Have you started to turn to alcohol, drugs, or sex as a way of numbing the pain or getting your mind off of it?
- Do you have problems functioning at your job or in your personal relationships because of issues of mistrust?
- Do you have thoughts of suicide or are you struggling to want to get out of bed in the mornings?
- Are you constantly on guard or do you feel the need to protect yourself because something bad could happen at any time?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, you could be suffering from PTSD and ketamine could help.
Ketamine Could Be the Answer
Medical providers everywhere are singing the praises of ketamine for its possible healing properties when it comes to treating mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression. This is not just some random new pharmaceutical fad that is being pushed on the public. Studies are showing the amazing positive impact that ketamine is having on people who suffer from these disorders. In fact, there are emergency rooms all around the country who are using ketamine to assist suicidal patients who come into their hospitals seeking help.
Ketamine is believed to momentarily take over important chemical receptors in the brain. From the perspective of the patient, it feels like ketamine replaces bad feelings with good feelings. Back in the 1960s ketamine was used in the Vietnam War as an anesthesia medicine. It was only recently discovered that if used in lower doses, it can work on issues such as PTSD, rather than being used as a sedative. Many believe that ketamine is a modern-day medical miracle. Could it be the right remedy for your PTSD?
Pacific Ketamine Institute Understands Your Pain
At Pacific Ketamine Institute our staff is trained to figure out whether ketamine will work for you and also to administer it safely. The ideal way to to take this drug is through Ketamine Infusion Therapy. It often gives patients almost instant relief from the anxiety and depression that has plagued their lives for far too long.
What could be more important than your health? Our staff is happy to meet with you to provide a private consultation to answer any questions that you have about ketamine itself, or the process that we use. If PTSD is paralyzing you, then consider taking this important step toward reclaiming your life.
Call Pacific Ketamine Institute today so that you can have a better tomorrow.