PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a debilitating mental disorder that may develop in individuals that have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. While it's normal to have feelings of fear or stress during a traumatic event, some continue to experience these feelings even once they are no longer in danger. This condition affects both men and women of all ages, but Ketamine shows great potential as an effective PTSD treatment.
The symptoms of PTSD typically begin soon after a traumatic incident, but in some cases it can take years for these symptoms to set in. However, for a person to be diagnosed with PTSD, symptoms must persist for more than a month and interfere with day-to-day activities. Common symptoms include the following:
- Re-experiencing the traumatic event (flashbacks, nightmares, frightening thoughts)
- Avoiding situations that may bring up memories of the traumatic event
- Being easily startled, difficulty sleeping, feeling tense
- Loss of interest in activities they previously enjoyed, negative thoughts, trouble remembering important parts of the event
Keep in mind that although PTSD is generally considered a condition affecting military servicement, men and women of all ages, and even children, can develop PTSD. In fact, research shows that women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, making this a condition that cannot be attributed to one specific group.
Some people develop PTSD without going through a traumatic event themselves. Having a friend or family go through a dangerous of scary event can lead to the onset of PTSD, as well as a sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one.
It is believed that PTSD symptoms result from a loss of synaptic connection. Glutamate plays an important role in these synaptic connections, which is why researchers believe that Ketamine can enhance these connections and eventually reverse the effects of PTSD symptoms.
Although Ketamine is a relatively new PTSD treatment option, research has shown that Ketamine may be able to provide an almost complete short term resolution of PTSD symptoms. Overall, results of using Ketamine for PTSD treatment are similar to the results of using Ketamine for depression treatment.