Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) doesn't only affect people in war zones — it can happen to anyone. If you have PTSD and it's not improving with psychotherapy and medication, Melinda Howe, APRN, CRNA, at Ascend Wellness MBS in Minot, North Dakota, can help. Melinda uses ketamine infusion therapy to help relieve PTSD symptoms like depression, anxiety, and flashbacks. To find out how you can benefit from treatment at Ascend Wellness MBS, call their office or book an appointment online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) came to prominence during World War I when it was called shell shock — a term later updated to combat fatigue during World War II. PTSD is still best known as a condition that affects military personnel and other people in war zones, but you can develop PTSD even if you haven’t been in such a situation.
Anyone could get PTSD, which develops as a result of a traumatic experience. Examples include terrorist attacks and mass shootings, air, road, sea, or rail transportation accidents, and experiences like rape or violent robberies.
Complex PTSD is a condition that affects people who've endured trauma over an extended period, such as spousal or child abuse.
PTSD might develop shortly after the event or could arise years later. Without treatment, PTSD can have such a devastating impact on your life that you could struggle to work or maintain your family life.
There are four groupings of symptoms typical of PTSD, which are:
Intrusive thoughts revolve around memories of the event that triggered your PTSD. Nightmares are common and often vividly realistic. PTSD can also trigger flashbacks that force you to relive the event as if it was just happening.
Negative thoughts could take many forms. Survivors' guilt (wondering why you lived when others didn't) is common, as is feeling anger toward other people who were present or whom you blame for the trauma.
PTSD puts your fight-or-flight response on alert, which means your body has high levels of adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that your adrenal glands release when you're in danger. Chronically heightened anxiety makes you jumpy and irritable, and you may behave in risky or self-destructive ways.
Avoidance behaviors are actions you take to minimize exposure to anything that reminds you of the trauma or could trigger a flashback. Avoidance can affect your relationships and your ability to work and may become so severe that you're unable to maintain a normal home life.
If you have PTSD, you need expert psychiatric treatment that is likely to include psychotherapy (talk therapies) and medications like antidepressants or antianxiety drugs. If you're finding recovery is slow with these treatments, another option is ketamine infusion therapy at Ascend Wellness MBS.
Ketamine infusion therapy offers relief from your PTSD symptoms in just a few hours, and a course of ketamine treatments could make a significant difference to your long-term recovery from PTSD.
Ascend Wellness MBS works with your mental health provider to develop the most appropriate treatment program for you as part of a comprehensive approach to treating your PTSD.
To find out if you could benefit from ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD, call Ascend Wellness MBS today or book an appointment online.