Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can feel isolating, especially if you haven’t found a treatment that provides enough relief. Board-certified nurse anesthetist Jacqueline Materi, APRN, CRNA, offers innovative treatment for PTSD at two Ketamine Care Clinic locations in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota. To find out how ketamine infusion therapy can provide rapid and long-lasting relief from PTSD symptoms, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Most people who experience terrifying or traumatic events go through a period of difficulty with coping and adjusting. But if you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), these symptoms get worse, last for months or years, and interfere with daily functioning.
PTSD causes a wide range of symptoms that may include nightmares and flashbacks, anxiety and depression, and feeling detached from family and friends. Severe PTSD may lead to suicidal thoughts.
Ketamine infusion therapy offers rapid relief from PTSD and suicidal ideation. If you’re thinking about suicide, call your mental health provider right away or go to the nearest emergency room if you’re planning to act.
Treatment for PTSD usually involves psychotherapy, medication management, or both. However, as many as 30-40% of patients don’t achieve sufficient relief, even after trying multiple evidence-based therapies.
Infusion therapy at Ketamine Care Clinic is a breakthrough PTSD treatment that offers relief within hours.
Research shows that the neurotransmitter glutamate plays a key role in PTSD, including the formation of traumatic memories and the stress response. Ketamine acts on brain receptors that glutamate binds to, called N-Methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors.
By blocking the NMDA receptors, ketamine interrupts the fear and stress responses that are tied to your traumatic memories. Small doses of IV ketamine infusions may repair those damaged neural connections and heal your brain for long-term relief.
Your confidential consultation at Ketamine Care Clinic includes a physical exam and a comprehensive review of your symptoms and medical history. Your provider works cooperatively with your mental health physician to develop a ketamine treatment plan. They may recommend ketamine infusions combined with talk therapy to help you cope with PTSD.
Ketamine infusion therapy takes place at the clinic. You relax in a comfortable chair and receive the infusion intravenously while your Ketamine Care Clinic provider monitors your safety. You stay awake, but may feel sleepy, dizzy, or separated from yourself (dissociated).
The treatment takes 1-4 hours, depending on your individual plan. Your Ketamine Care Clinic provider makes sure any side effects resolve before you leave, but you need someone else to drive you home.
For fast-acting and long-term relief from PTSD, call the Ketamine Care Clinic location nearest you, or book an appointment online today