Ketamine therapy is currently undergoing its initial stages in treating patients who suffer from several severe mental health issues.
This stems from treatment-resistant depression and anxiety disorders including PTSD.
PTSD can develop in anyone who’s undergone particularly traumatizing events. The effect often permanently alters their brain chemistry in a negative manner.
Symptoms of PTSD include intrusive thoughts, flash backs, low self-esteem, hindered memory, nightmares, and severe anxiety.
Studies show that 13-30 percent of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone screened positive for PTSD.
Treating veterans with PTSD can be a delicate effort, as many often internalize the idea that mental health is unimportant. It continues to be a stigma trying to be changed.
How Does The Process Work?
Ketamine therapy is beginning to merit acclaim for its ability to produce immediate effects in patients. This, too, is true for veterans suffering from PTSD.
These effects are possible by the way in which ketamine interacts with neurotransmitters in the brain.
Ketamine targets around 80 percent of the brain’s neurotransmitters — categorized as glutamate and GABA.