Did you know that 11 out of 100 veterans who served during the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder? And about 50% of those men and women who serve(d) our country never receive the treatment they need to improve their mental wellbeing once they are thrust back into society? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that can develop in people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. The symptoms include behavioral problems, such as rage, anger and violence, as well as flashbacks, anxiety, and severe depression.
These serious mental health issues affect all parts of a veteran’s personal life as they re-enter civil society. Veterans oftentimes struggle to maintain healthy relationships with family members, friends and loved ones, and may feel isolated…haunted by the memories of the horrors they have witnessed. All of these negative emotions leave veterans wondering, “What do I do now?” For many veterans—especially those who are especially young, or who served for exceptionally long periods of time—war is all they knew.
But, there is new hope for those veterans who return home from active combat and develop PTSD, anxiety, depression, or other psychiatric disorders: ketamine infusions.
Today, ketamine is gaining momentum for its ability to counteract depression and fight PTSD rapidly and effectively. Ketamine has been around since the 1970s, used as a battlefield anesthetic and in other areas of medicine. Today, however, ketamine has quickly emerged as a “wonder drug,” alleviating the symptoms of treatment-resistant depression in upwards of 70% of patients, oftentimes delivering relief within hours of an infusion. Some Veteran’s Affairs hospitals have recently begun offering ketamine infusions to veterans, recognizing the immense benefits that this treatment offers to the veteran population.
Ketamine works by acting on NMDA receptors in the brain, helping to repair damaged neural connections and form new, neural connections that ultimately improve mood, balance out high and low emotions, and help patients to feel more stable overall. Ketamine acts in a matter of hours, whereas antidepressants and talk therapy may take weeks—or even months—to make an impact.
Learn more about how ketamine infusions can be lifelines for our nation;’s veterans: https://www.psychologytoday.
Tahoe Ketamine is one of the leading ketamine clinics in California. We have seen how ketamine affects the veterans who come to see us when they feel most broken. Between our compassionate clinical team, the ketamine infusions themselves, and the patient’s commitment to healing, we’re watching people slowly put their lives back together, piece by piece. Please call our office for your free consultation today and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about ketamine infusions.
And to our nation’s veterans, thank you for serving our country and making the freedom we enjoy possible.