It’s natural to experience fear and anxiety during a traumatic event. For some people, the traumatic event can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which causes life-altering symptoms. Regenerative medicine specialist John Dimowo, MD, at California Pain Regenerative & Wellness Physicians, offers ketamine infusion therapy to help alleviate PTSD symptoms quickly. To learn more, call the Ontario, California, office or schedule a consultation online today.
PTSD Q & A
What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that develops after a traumatic event. Everyone experiences fear and anxiety during a traumatic experience, and you may even experience lingering fears and a general sense of nervousness afterward.
However, with PTSD your fear and anxiety continues and may cause you to feel afraid of activities, people, or situations that aren’t dangerous.
PTSD isn’t just a condition that affects those who have been to war. Any traumatic event, including physical or sexual abuse, loss of a loved one, or a severe car accident, can lead to PTSD.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
In most cases, PTSD symptoms develop within three months of the traumatic event. However, it’s possible to develop PTSD symptoms years later. The symptoms caused by PTSD often affect relationships as well as your work life.
Symptoms are classified by type, and include:
Re-experiencing symptoms (flashbacks)
Avoidance symptoms (avoiding people or places that remind you of the experience)
Arousal and reactivity symptoms (quick to anger)
Cognition and mood symptoms (issues with memory related to the event)
To be diagnosed with PTSD, you must be experiencing symptoms from each category for a month or longer.
What are the treatments for PTSD?
Treatment for PTSD includes medication to help with mood and anxiety and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you develop strategies for managing your feelings surrounding the traumatic event.
Dr. Dimowo is an innovative physician who offers advanced treatments for many health conditions, including ketamine infusion therapy as a treatment for PTSD.
Ketamine is an anesthesia medication that has been receiving attention for its treatment of various mental health conditions, including PTSD and depression.
While researchers aren’t certain about how ketamine helps, they theorize that the medication may help promote the growth of the brain cells involved in mood regulation. According to clinical studies, ketamine infusion may improve your PTSD symptoms within 24 hours of treatment.
Am I a good candidate for ketamine infusion?
Dr. Dimowo and his team at California Pain Regenerative & Wellness Physicians can determine if you’re a good candidate for ketamine infusion during a consultation.
You may be considered a good candidate if you’ve been diagnosed with severe PTSD that hasn’t responded to traditional treatments.
To learn more about ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD and how it may help you, call California Pain Regenerative & Wellness Physicians or schedule an appointment online today.