It’s estimated that 7.8% of Americans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point during their lives. At Rise Wellness Centers in Plano, Texas, the doctors develop customized treatment plans to help patients find relief from their symptoms and work toward recovery. Ketamine infusion therapy is the cornerstone of many treatment plans and often provides rapid symptom relief. If you’re living with PTSD, call Rise Wellness Centers or make an appointment online to learn how the doctors can restore your quality of life.
PTSD is a specific type of anxiety disorder that’s triggered when you experience or witness a traumatic event. PTSD was diagnosed as shell shock and combat fatigue in military servicemen of the first and second World Wars. Today, doctors understand that anyone can develop PTSD and that trauma can range from natural disasters, terrorist attacks and combat, to child abuse, personal assault, and rape.
Your risk of developing PTSD is higher if you have a personal or family medical history of mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. Your chances of PTSD also increase if you abuse alcohol or drugs, lack a good social support group, or have a career that has a high chance of trauma, such as first responders and military personnel.
PTSD symptoms manifest in four distinct categories: intrusive thoughts, avoidance, negative thoughts and feelings, and increased arousal and reactivity.
Flashbacks are the hallmark of intrusive thoughts. These vivid and uncontrollable memories are so realistic that you feel like you’re reliving the traumatic event. You might also experience nightmares and other involuntary, distressing memories.
If you have PTSD, chances are you go out of your way to avoid people, places, and objects that remind you of the trauma and trigger your intrusive thoughts and memories. This can severely impact your life and relationships.
You may also experience distorted self-perceptions and beliefs, for example, that no one can be trusted, or that you are inherently bad. You might also have pervasive feelings of fear, anger, or guilt. It’s also common to lose interest in activities you used to enjoy and to feel detached or estranged from other people.
You may constantly feel on edge or irritable and have uncontrollable angry outbursts. Other heightened arousal symptoms include self-destructive behaviors, poor concentration, and being easily startled.
PTSD is extremely disruptive to your life, interfering with your work and relationships. The goal of treatment at Rise Wellness Centers is to improve your quality of life. The doctors develop personalized treatment plans to relieve your symptoms so you can address your unresolved thoughts and feelings in therapy.
The doctors at Rise Wellness Centers often prescribe ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for decades, but it also affects the way your brain works. It inhibits your NMDA receptors, which help regulate your mood and mental health. Ketamine infusions are delivered directly to your bloodstream and typically provide rapid results, especially when compared to oral antidepressant medications.
If you’re struggling with PTSD, call Rise Wellness Centers today or make an appointment online to learn how the doctors can use ketamine infusion therapy to relieve your symptoms and restore your quality of life.