PTSD Affects 3.5% of the U.S. population. It can persist for months or years after exposure to a life-threatening, shocking or dangerous event. Symptoms include feelings of being on edge, anxiety, depression, upsetting memories, flashbacks, trouble sleeping and nightmares.
Many people who have been diagnosed with PTSD have had little success with current traditional therapies. Cognitive behavioral therapy, including prolonged exposure therapy and medications including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are being prescribed, but often are not effective. It’s difficult to treat a disorder that one can’t objectively define, says Mohammed Milad, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School who studies PTSD.
“PTSD isn’t quite like many other anxiety disorders in that it’s not clear what exactly it is that we’re treating. We rely so much on the subjective reports of symptoms—and each individual is quite different,” he says. “It’s not like there’s a hard objective test or measure that you can look at, like a high white blood count that tells you that there’s an infection. The symptoms can vary quite a bit, so doctors tend to treat based on the symptoms that are reported.
It's thought that PTSD can cause a decrease in the connections and communication of neurotransmitters in the brain. Unlike traditional anti-depressants, ketamine works on NMDA receptor sites, reestablishing those connections. It increases neuroplasticity of the brain. Research is showing that ketamine infusions can rapidly improve symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety by decreasing the stress response and rebuilding neuronal pathways.
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