PTSD Specialist

Austin Ketamine Specialists

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Austin, TX

Around eight million people in the United States live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This debilitating condition can affect your life for months or years after experiencing a traumatic event. If you have PTSD symptoms, such as flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, bad dreams, or angry outbursts, ketamine infusion therapy can help. The skilled team at Austin Ketamine Specialists has extensive experience relieving PTSD safely with ketamine. To schedule an appointment, call the Austin, Texas, office today, or request a complimentary consultation online.

PTSD Q&A

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects people after a traumatic experience. Trauma generally causes difficult thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, but these things usually resolve in a reasonable amount of time. When you have PTSD, intrusive thoughts, memories, and feelings continue for months or even years after experiencing trauma.

First identified in combat veterans, this condition was known as shell shock or combat fatigue in the past. Anyone can develop PTSD, and many types of trauma can cause it, including:

  • Natural disasters 
  • Car accidents
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Witnessing violence or a catastrophic event

Sometimes a single traumatic event leads to PTSD. Ongoing, complex experiences of trauma also cause PTSD. 

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD vary between individuals. Some common PTSD symptoms include:

  • Flashbacks or vivid memories of the event
  • Nightmares about the event 
  • Agitation or irritation
  • Angry outbursts
  • Avoiding talking about the event
  • Avoiding interacting with friends or family
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or other people

PTSD increases the risk for substance abuse and other mental health concerns.

How does ketamine treat PTSD?

Physicians have safely used ketamine as an anesthetic since 1962. It acts on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain; NMDA receptors interact with several neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotional regulation. 

Current research also suggests that ketamine promotes regrowth of synapses. New synapses essentially rewire the brain to create new ways of thinking and feeling. 

What should I expect from ketamine infusion therapy?

Your expert provider at Austin Ketamine Specialists performs a physical exam at your initial consultation and reviews your health history to determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine therapy. They also explain the full infusion process and answer all of your questions. 

At the start of your treatment appointment, a skilled specialist attaches an IV drip bag to a port in your arm. Your specialist monitors you during your infusion, which takes 40-60 minutes. When complete, your specialist removes the IV port, and you rest at the clinic for another 15-30 minutes.

Austin Ketamine Specialists requires you to have someone else drive you home after your treatment. The team also recommends that you leave your schedule open so you can relax for the rest of the day. 

Although quite rare, some patients may experience mild side effects, including headaches or nausea. These usually go away within a few hours. Anti-nausea medication is available at the clinic, and if you’re prone to nausea, you can request anti-nausea medication before your infusion begins. 

For effective relief from debilitating PTSD symptoms, call Austin Ketamine Specialists, or request a complimentary consultation online today.