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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a common mental health condition that affects estimated 8 million people around the U.S. every year. According to some estimates, 20 percent of Americans who experience a trauma will develop the disorder. While often misconstrued as a disorder that happens exclusively to those who serve in the military, PTSD can affect anyone. Andala’s behavioral health team treats every case of PTSD with care and attention. We also offer a range of treatment options that can help PTSD patients with their specific needs.

General Information

PTSD Treatment Options at Andala

PTSD is a complex condition with complex roots and triggers. As such, each patient requires a unique approach to treatment.

At Andala, our behavioral health team works in close consultation with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is right for them. Behavioral health treatment shouldn’t be a “one-size-fits-all” solution, and not every treatment option is right for every patient.

If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD, contact Andala today to discuss your treatment options.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

The behavioral health team at Andala offers ketamine infusion therapy as a treatment for PTSD. In ketamine infusion therapy, ketamine is administered intravenously into the patient’s bloodstream.

This may be how ketamine is able to serve as such an effective therapy for PTSD and other mental health conditions. Ketamine is also believed to reduce inflammation, which may be linked to depression. Additionally, ketamine may increase neuroplasticity by stimulating the release of what are called neurotrophic factors that stimulate the formation of synapses. There are deficits in learning and cognitive flexibility found in many mood disorders, and this mechanism may be part of how ketamine helps.

Since chronic stress or trauma can damage neurons, this regeneration may play a role in combating symptoms related to PTSD. Finally, ketamine is especially valuable for patients who have been resistant to other forms of intervention.

Common Symptoms of PTSD

There are several common symptoms of PTSD. Symptoms will vary from one patient to the next and can depend on the type of trauma that triggered the PTSD. Common symptoms of PTSD to look for include:

  • Intrusive memories and thoughts
  • Flashbacks to the traumatizing event
  • Severe emotional reactions to triggers associated with the trauma
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Negative thinking
  • Significant downturn in mood
  • Difficulty maintaining formerly close relationships
  • Irritability
  • Angry outbursts
  • Insomnia
  • Being constantly on guard
  • Self-destructive behaviors

Patients with PTSD may also have comorbid behavioral health conditions, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation.

How to Know When to Seek Help

Anyone experiencing symptoms related to PTSD should know that it is a very common condition, and there is nothing to be ashamed or scared of if you have PTSD. When left untreated, symptoms can worsen. If you have recurrent thoughts and negative feelings about a traumatic event and feel that these symptoms are interfering with your quality of life, reach out to a behavioral health professional at Andala today. You do not need to have chronic symptoms to seek out help. Find a clinic near you today to get the important help you need to treat PTSD.