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Ketamine for PTSD

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Ketamine can alleviate the trauma-induced effects

If you have a history of trauma, you may find that low-dose ketamine treatments can help access and process memories in new and healthy ways while providing a feeling of safe distance.

Ketamine for PTSD works in two ways:
  • By reducing both the frequency and severity of PTSD symptoms.
  • And, by extending the periods of remission between PTSD flare-ups.  Our Ketamine + Therapy program can substantially help extend these calm periods.

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In the Ketamine + Therapy program, 94% of PTSD patients show at least a 50% reduction in symptoms by their 6th treatment

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About 6 out of every 100 people (or 6% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

PTSD research

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PTSD
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Veterans and service members with PTSD who failed previous anti-depressant treatment were randomized to 8 infusions administered twice weekly of either placebo, low dose, or standard doses of ketamine. The standard ketamine dose ameliorated depression measured by the MADRS significantly more than placebo. Ketamine produced dose-related dissociative and psychotomimetic effects, which returned to baseline within two hours and were less pronounced with repeated administration. Secondary analyses suggested that the standard dose exerted rapid anti-depressant effects.
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PTSD
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This small study demonstrated clear superiority of six intravenous infusions of ketamine compared with midazolam (a psychoactive control) over two weeks, with two-thirds of patients considered responders to ketamine compared with one-fifth of those receiving midazolam.
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PTSD
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In 2020, a retrospective study analyzed internet posts on the Bluelight website, a public forum intended to provide a platform for people to discuss their drug use, and evaluated the self-reported use of ketamine in patients with PTSD [49]. The results found that patients with self-perceived PTSD had decreased incidence of negative symptoms when using ketamine
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Suicidal ideation
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Suicide is a public health crisis with limited treatment options. The authors conducted a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis examining the effects of a single dose of ketamine on suicidal ideation. They concluded that ketamine rapidly reduced suicidal thoughts within one day and for up to 1 week in depressed patients with suicidal ideation.

"When I started at the Northwest Ketamine Clinics, I was exhausted and had lost all hope. I'd had been through basically every treatment possible for my disorder, Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), over the course of the past 12 years. Ketamine therapy was my last resort treatment plan. I was met with kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable professionals, and was started on a treatment plan immediately. I've now been a patient at this company for eight months, and this clinic has literally saved my life. If you decide to sign up for treatment, you'll find relief unlike no other. I can attest to the fact that you'll be in good hands with nurses who are trustworthy and will make each session comfortable. Thank you, Northwest Ketamine Clinics!"

 – Adrienne C

Treatment options for PTSD

Ketamine + Therapy

Work through challenging life issues with Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, our most involved program, with a licensed mental health counselor trained in psychedelic therapy

Ketamine + Coaching

Our Healing Pathway option brings you together with an experienced psychedelic practitioner focused on self-empowerment, finding clarity, and dislodging blocks

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