Treating PTSD

breaking negative thought patterns developed as a result of PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes significant morbidity and mortality (from suicide) globally and in the US. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD in the general population is approximately 5%. The incidence of PTSD is increased to approximately 20% among people who are exposed to neglect, abuse, violence, rape or military combat. Despite treatment with current standard medical treatment and psychotherapy, PTSD remains a severe and emotionally painful chronic illness in up to 40% of patients. As such, there is great need for more effective alternative treatments.

Scientific studies have shown that single infusions of ketamine significantly reduce PTSD symptoms. Military trauma patients who received ketamine for pain control rather than morphine were 50% less likely to develop subsequent PTSD. Since ketamine also improves depression and suicidality which can often coexist with PTSD, many people find additional relief and have significant improvement in their lives. With the appropriate therapy, ketamine may act to temporarily break the negative thought patterns developed as a result of PTSD, allowing new and more healthy patterns to be built in their place.