It’s estimated that approximately 3.6% of adults have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition that occurs following a terrifying event such as an automobile accident or service in combat. If flashbacks, ruminating thoughts, or sleep disturbances are affecting your quality of life, you may want to consider a cutting-edge treatment like ketamine infusion therapy at the practice of Jessen Mukalel, MD. At InfusionMD in The Woodlands, Texas, the team regularly prescribes ketamine infusion therapy to assist patients who are suffering from the effects of PTSD. Make an appointment by calling the office today or booking online.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Q & A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health condition that affects millions of Americans, including men, women, and children. If you witness or experience a frightening or traumatic event, such as a fire, earthquake, or violent attack, you’re also more likely to develop PTSD.

Although most people who experience traumatic events get better over time, you may have PTSD if your symptoms get worse, last for years at a time, or interfere with your ability to participate in normal activities like going to work or spending time with family and friends.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

The symptoms of PTSD affect everyone differently. Some people start experiencing flashbacks and sleep disturbances within a month of a traumatic incident, while others develop symptoms months or even years later. That said, PTSD symptoms are separated into four categories:

  • Intrusive memories
  • Avoidance
  • Negative changes in thinking and mood
  • Changes in physical and emotional reactions
  • Children and teenagers with PTSD may also act out the event during play or experience nightmares that include aspects of the traumatic event in question.

When should I see a doctor regarding PTSD?

If you experience a terrifying or traumatic event and you regularly suffer from flashbacks or ruminating thoughts about what you saw, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mukalel at InfusionMD.

You should also seek professional help if your thoughts are interfering with your ability to participate in normal activities like going out with friends or holding down a job. The sooner you seek treatment, the easier it is to prevent your symptoms from getting worse.

How does ketamine infusion therapy address PTSD?

When you witness a traumatic event, certain areas of your brain, including those responsible for higher-level thinking and memory, become damaged. As a result, you may experience an array of uncomfortable side-effects that interfere with your cognitive abilities and quality of life.

Ketamine infusion therapy provides your body with low doses of ketamine, which encourages these damaged areas of your brain to heal. Most people experience significant relief from their symptoms following a series of at least six treatment sessions. However, Dr. Mukalel will tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs, symptoms, and health history.

Don’t let PTSD prevent you from living a happy, healthy, and socially active life. Make an appointment at InfusionMD by calling the office today.

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