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Our program of physician directed ketamine therapy can help survivors and those affected by moderate to severe trauma get back to living. 

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What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that arises after a traumatic event is experienced directly by the individual or in witness to the event happening to somebody else. Violence, disaster, sexual assault, and the intensity of experiencing combat can leave deep, invisible wounds for those who become afflicted with trauma-related disorders. Not everybody who experiences a traumatic event is diagnosed with PTSD. When the after-effects of the traumatizing event become long-term symptoms and disruptive to everyday life, then the conditions may be met for a PTSD diagnosis. It is not uncommon for PTSD to exist alongside depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and behavioral conditions. Generally, psychotherapy and prescription medications are recommended in the treatment of both moderate to severe PTSD. When an individual experiences PTSD, they are intrusively reminded of the traumatic event and can even re-experience it, causing severe physical and emotional responses. It is a tremendously challenging disorder that is treatable thanks to both traditional and more innovative therapies.  

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PTSD affects 3.6% of the U.S. adult population. About 37% of those diagnosed with PTSD are classified as having severe symptoms.
National Institute for Mental Illness (NAMI), 2017 data

Signs & Symptoms

  • Re-experience of the traumatizing event (memories, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, distressing dreams).
  • Avoiding activities, places and physical items that serve as reminders of the event.
  • Persistent negative thoughts about yourself, others, life, or the future.
  • Detaching from relationships and activities.
  • Feeling that you are regularly in danger and unsafe.
  • Hypervigilance, being startled easily, or feeling constantly “on edge”.
  • Aggressive outbursts (physical and verbal).
  • Difficulty sleeping, concentrating, or participating in routine activities.

Ketamine: Helping Victims of Trauma Heal

Ketamine, when administered in low doses, has been a landmark therapy in the treatment of moderate to severe PTSD. Ketamine has long been used as an anaesthetic to treat battlefield injuries. Physicians began to discover that soldiers who were treated with ketamine compared to other anaesthetics, suffered lower rates of PTSD on the whole. This discovery prompted research, development, and clinical trials into the treatment of PTSD utilizing low dosage ketamine therapy, both in conjunction with talk therapy and without it.

Backed by Evidence

A notable study was conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai which was the first randomized, controlled trial of ketamine therapy on individuas suffering from chronic PTSD. Authors of the study concluded: "The data presented in our current study not only replicates, but also builds on our initial findings about ketamine for PTSD, indicating that in addition to being rapid, ketamine's effect can be maintained over several weeks.”  

Ketamine has been shown to regrow neural pathways that have been damaged by experiencing severe stress and trauma. While ketamine has consistently demonstrated an uncanny ability to provide rapid relief, investments in clinical research such as the Icahn School of Medicine study make the case for ketamine’s ability to relieve PTSD symptoms over the long-term.

Our Program

Tripsitter Clinic’s program of physician-directed, therapeutic ketamine may just be the kickstart you need to reduce the debilitating symptoms of trauma-involved disorders and set you on a path towards healing. Regardless of the nature of the trauma, those who struggle with PTSD express a moment where their life completely shifted; a signal that their brain chemistry has also shifted. Significant shifts during the dissociative experience of ketamine are particularly therapeutic as the patient begins to turns their thoughts inward and broaden their perspective, soften judgement, and access locked away emotional responses.

Approaching Comprehensive Wellness

PTSD shows up differently in each person it affects. We stress the importance of working with your primary care physician to arrive at the right combination of treatments in order to alleviate the symptoms of trauma related disorder which would allow an individual to focus on overall health and wellness.

If you or someone you know is in immediate distress or is thinking about hurting themselves, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free: Call:1-800-273-TALK (8255) Text: HELLO to 741741

We celebrate excellent success rates in the treatment of:

Low-dose ketamine treatments are safe for the majority of individuals. Those with a history of psychosis or schizophrenia, however, are a poor fit for this particular therapy due to well-documented medical contraindications and will not be approved for treatment during the screening process.

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