Ketamine for PTSD
Find meaningful relief from the symptoms of PTSD and improve your quality of life.
Ketamine may be up to 80% effective at providing relief for depressive symptoms of PTSD, especially for chronic PTSD.
If patients respond, ketamine infusions can significantly reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms within 24hrs after the first infusion.
At Karitas, your infusion is performed by an experienced anesthesia provider, not an RN, in a private suite in our state-of-the-art ketamine clinic.
Part of our mission is making ketamine infusions accessible to all who could benefit by offering some of the lowest-priced treatments in Southern California.
Ketamine Treats PTSD Differently
Many people who suffer from PTSD have difficulty finding medication that relieves their symptoms. If you have chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD or have had difficulty treating your PTSD with SSRIs, ketamine may help.
What Should I Know About Ketamine for PTSD?
Since the 1970s, ketamine has been used as an FDA-approved anesthetic and acute pain reliever.
Ketamine is increasingly being used to treat mood disorders, including PTSD.
- Here at Karitas, we administer ketamine intravenously, which is the “gold standard” for ketamine administration.
A series of six ketamine infusions, approximately 45 minutes in length with a 15-minute recovery, is required for new patients.
Our PTSD patients appreciate the calm, relaxing environment in our private infusion suites and most listen to music during their ketamine treatment.
Ketamine infusions work alongside other medications you may be taking, and you should not stop taking those medications while you receive ketamine treatment.
“Absolutely life-changing experience. Very kind and knowledgeable staff. I would recommend Karitas to anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD.”
What To Expect
We offer free and confidential 15-minute phone consultations to help you determine if ketamine therapy is right for you. If you are ready to take this step, you can call our office or contact us online. Alternatively, you can talk with your doctor and receive a referral to our ketamine clinic. We accept all patients who have been referred to us by a doctor.
The next step in the process is completing an evaluation form. For those who have contacted us directly, you will have your doctor fill out this evaluation form. After we receive your patient intake forms, we’ll schedule your initial consultation. If we believe that ketamine infusions may be right for you, you are welcome to schedule your first ketamine that very day.
During Your Ketamine Infusion
When you are ready for your ketamine infusion, we will place your IV and apply monitors to help us track your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. An anesthesia provider will be by your side throughout the entire infusion to ensure that you are safe and secure. During your infusion, you will be awake and able to interact with those around you. Most of our patients, though, choose to relax and listen to music during their ketamine treatment.
If you have any questions about the process, we are more than happy to answer them. Stop by our West Covina clinic or contact us from the comfort of your home.
You Are Not Alone
PTSD can happen to anyone and at any age. It is not a sign of weakness.
“It is estimated that approximately 70% of the global population have been exposed to at least one lifetime traumatic experience”
“About 8 million people have PTSD in a given year”
How It Works
While more research on ketamine for PTSD needs to be done, and many studies are currently underway, the primary theory for why ketamine is so effective at treating mood disorders like PTSD is that it is able to reset the central nervous system.
In patients with PTSD, the brain and body’s stress response is disrupted. Stress affects our autonomic nervous system, and PTSD can be thought of as a stress overload. Trauma over stimulates the nervous system and pushes it beyond its limits. When this happens it can be stuck in the “on” position, and cause anxiety, panic, anger, hyperactivity, and restlessness. Part of the stress response is a release of cortisol, which triggers the “fight or flight” mechanism. While this is extremely useful in high-stress situations, constantly bathing the brain in cortisol can be harmful.
PTSD patients badly need a new solution. According to The Brain & Behavior Foundation, those with PTSD only see about a 10% reduction beyond placebo with current anti-depressants. And combat-related symptoms are especially difficult to alleviate.
Current SSRI antidepressants boost the available serotonin or a combination of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. These are two neurotransmitters that enable neurons in the brain to communicate with one another. Ketamine, on the other hand, acts on the neurotransmitter glutamate. Ketamine is thought to block the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, which binds glutamate. This temporary block may cause the brain to release more glutamate, which prompts activity and regrowth in the brain. Some researchers say that ketamine therapy helps “rewire” the brain, allowing it to grow new networks and stimulate brain activity. If you’d like to learn more about how ketamine infusions work, you can find more information on our blog or our research and press page.
Is Ketamine Treatment Right For You?
Here at Karitas Ketamine Clinic in West Covina, we’ve seen how effective ketamine infusions can be in relieving PTSD symptoms as well as comorbid depressive symptoms in those with chronic PTSD. Ketamine infusions are best used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, which may include other medications, psychotherapy, or counseling.
Do I Need Treatment For My PTSD?
PTSD is a serious psychological disorder, and millions of people who have been exposed to extreme stress, violence, or loss suffer from it. Many people with PTSD use alcohol or drugs to self medicate, but mixing PTSD with substances makes the illness more complicated. If you are wondering if you have PTSD, ask your doctor for a screening. While you know your body best, only a mental health care provider can diagnose PTSD.
If you are unsure of whether or not you have PTSD, here are a few of the common symptoms:
- Agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance
- Flashbacks or unwanted thoughts
- Severe anxiety or mistrust
- Loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy
- Insomnia or nightmares
There is a stigma around seeking mental health care, particularly for seeking PTSD treatment. Some may believe that they can handle it on their own. Or that seeking help is a sign of weakness. Others face barriers such as lacking the financial ability to pay for care or a lack of access to health care in their area. Here at Karitas Ketamine Clinic, we work to address those barriers by providing the most affordable ketamine infusions we possibly can.
The good news is that with proper treatment, there is hope. Nothing can change the fact that you experienced trauma. But you are struggling with panic, anxiety, depression, rage, or other emotions that are interfering with your quality of life after a traumatic event, you can find help and regain a sense of control over your life.
PTSD And Veterans Health
For many veterans, returning from service means experiencing and coping with the symptoms of PTSD. Readjusting to civilian life can be difficult, especially if you are living with untreated PTSD. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 11-20 percent of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year. Other cases of PTSD in the military can be related to military sexual trauma. About 23 percent of women who serve in the military report sexual assault while in the military.
Know that while you can develop symptoms of PTSD in the hours or days following a traumatic event, sometimes those symptoms don’t surface for months or years after you return from deployment. If you are a veteran suffering from PTSD, there is hope. Talk to your doctor, and if you’d like to see if ketamine therapy may be right for you, contact Karitas Ketamine Clinic in West Covina.
REQUEST A FREE PHONE CONSULTATION
Consult with our experienced team to determine if ketamine treatment is right for you.
Our ketamine clinic is named after the virtue “Caritas,” which is Latin for love for all mankind. It is one of the noblest virtues, and we strive to live this virtue in everything we do, including the services we provide to patients with PTSD here at our ketamine clinic. We also contribute two percent of our yearly profits to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We are proud to contribute to this nonprofit, which works to understand and prevent suicide through research, education, and advocacy.
Another goal of our clinic is to work to make ketamine infusions as affordable as possible. Ketamine treatment is not currently covered by insurance, and the cost of ketamine infusions can be a barrier to entry for many who could benefit from this potentially life-saving treatment. That’s why we work to offer some of the lowest-priced ketamine infusions in Southern California and across the nation. You can learn more about our West Covina ketamine clinic, our mission, and our medical professionals on our about us page.
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