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PTSD Specialist

Illumma

Ketamine Infusion Therapy located in Central, Austin, TX & Bee Cave, TX

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects 11-20% of veterans. But this mental health condition extends beyond those who experienced combat duty, affecting 8% of all other adults. No matter what triggered your PTSD, exceptional help is available from Ken Adolph, MD, and the experienced team at Illumma in Austin and Bee Cave, Texas. They specialize in ketamine infusion therapy, one of today’s most advanced treatments that quickly relieves PTSD even when other medications fail. To learn more about ketamine for PTSD, schedule a free consultation by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.

PTSD Q & A

What causes PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health disorder that begins after a frightening, disturbing, or dangerous event. You may directly experience the event, but you can also develop PTSD by witnessing it or learning that someone you know lived through the trauma.

The traumas that most often cause PTSD include:

  • Combat duty
  • Gun violence
  • Robbery
  • Severe accident
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Natural or man-made disaster
  • Death of a loved one

Everyone feels fearful or anxious after a traumatic event, but those feelings gradually subside. If you develop PTSD, your feelings and symptoms last longer than a month.

What symptoms develop if I have PTSD?

PTSD causes intense anxiety and other symptoms that are usually severe enough to interrupt your daily life. You may:

  • Have flashbacks or vivid dreams about the event
  • Feel irritable or angry
  • Be easily startled
  • Feel depressed
  • Have insomnia
  • Blame yourself for the event
  • Avoid people and places that remind you of the trauma

The symptoms caused by PTSD are chronic and keep recurring. They often make it impossible to hold a job, enjoy your favorite activities, or pursue a social life.

How does ketamine infusion therapy treat PTSD?

Ketamine is a medication that causes different effects, depending on the dose. A typical dose produces anesthesia. In this role, ketamine has a safe and decades-long history of use during surgery and outpatient procedures.

When ketamine is administered at a low dose, however, it relieves PTSD and treats two key problems associated with PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

Ketamine typically produces quick results because it targets a neurotransmitter in your brain that regulates mood. After your ketamine infusion, brain chemicals are restored and new nerve connections keep developing that support your ongoing recovery.

What happens during ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD?

When you choose ketamine therapy, you relax while the experienced team starts an intravenous line. Then they slowly transfuse ketamine through the line and into your bloodstream. 

Throughout your treatment, you’re constantly monitored and help is immediately available should you experience side effects.

The infusion takes one hour, but with your pre-infusion evaluation and post-infusion recovery, you should plan to be in the office for two hours at each session. 

You may need a customized treatment protocol, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Most people, however, get long-lasting results with six ketamine treatments administered over the course of 2-4 weeks.

If you’re ready to get safe and effective help for your PTSD, schedule a free consultation by calling or using the online booking system today.