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Ketamine Infusions – PTSD treatment for sexual trauma

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Ketamine Therapy: Can It Help Survivors of Sexual Assault?

Sexual-Assault-Ketamine-treatment-300x200 Ketamine Infusions - PTSD treatment for sexual trauma Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaSexual assault is an intensively invasive act of violence that can—and often does—leave deep and long-lasting scars, both physical and mental. It is, simply put, a personal invasion of the body and the mind that can completely undermine the victim’s feeling of control and safety. Because of the deeply personal nature of this type of violence, survivors of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse are at an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. While PTSD is a perfectly natural and normal response to this type of violence, it can have a significant impact on a survivor’s long-term health and happiness.

Broadly stated, PTSD is our psyche’s way of coping with fear, vulnerability, and the feeling of loss of control caused by the intense trauma of the sexual assault or sexual abuse. The specific symptoms of PTSD in survivors of sexual assault or other sexual trauma vary widely depending on the individual, but in general, PTSD symptoms can be classified into three general buckets:

  • Re-experiencing: the feeling of reliving the trauma through memories, reminders, dreams, or intrusive thought patterns
  • Avoidance: deliberately or unintentionally altering behaviors to avoid potential reminders of the trauma or losing interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Changes in thought and/or mood: negative thinking, anxiety, depression, and/or frequently feeling angry
  • Hyper-arousal: a feeling of being “on-edge” at all times, being easily startled or prone to sudden outbursts, and/or difficulty sleeping

In many cases, symptoms of PTSD overlap and reinforce each other; for instance, the body’s intense “fight or flight” response brought out by feelings of hyper-arousal become so overwhelming that the brain shifts back into avoidance. Thus, these symptoms lead to a vicious cycle from which the survivor is unable to escape without assistance.

How Ketamine Therapy Reduces Symptoms of PTSD

Traditional treatment for survivors of sexual assault with PTSD is a combination of psychiatric counseling and prescription antidepressants, usually in the form of SSRIs and SNRIs such as Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, and Effexor. Unfortunately, traditional antidepressants can be problematic for some people: they can have intensely negative side effects, including increasing the risk of suicide; they carry a risk of long-term dependency; they take time to “kick in” and have the desired effect; and for some, they simply don’t work.

When combined with therapy and counseling, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy offers survivors of sexual assault suffering from PTSD a safe and effective alternative to traditional antidepressants. Ketamine Therapy involves administering a low dose of ketamine directly and slowly into the blood stream through an IV infusion. By immediately impacting the chemistry of the brain, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy can quickly break the cycle of persistent negative thinking, moods, and behaviors associated with PTSD. Freeing the brain from the cycles of negative thinking and acting gives time for therapy and counseling to take effect.

Scientists are still learning about the complex ways in which low dose ketamine infusions impact the brain’s chemistry, but current research indicates that ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist and an AMPA receptor stimulator. What does that mean? Simply put, scientists now believe that ketamine inhibits the brain from improperly absorbing glutamate, a neurotransmitter that regulates the number of brain synapses. The ketamine infusion enables an increase in glutamate, which quickly restores the correct balance of neurotransmitters needed for a healthy, well-functioning nervous system.

Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

If you or someone you love is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of a sexual assault, we encourage you to contact Dr. Steven L. Mandel at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles immediately to find out if IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer a solution.

We encourage you to visit our website at https://www.ketamineclinics.com/ or contact us at 424-343-8889 to schedule an appointment.

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

Ketamine Healing

Battling_PTSD_4949341330-1094x630 Ketamine Healing for PTSD Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaPatients suffering from PTSD typically struggle to manage their everyday life, which is challenged by the feelings of anxiety, nightmares, fear, anger and a sense of isolation. Relationships can be compromised, and it gets difficult to trust anyone or feel comfortable in any situation. Standard therapy and medications are often unsuccessful, or may bring other side effects.

Ketamine Therapy can offer effective healing for PTSD without the unbearable side effects of other medications. The pillar of the community Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by Dr. Steven Mandel, provides ketamine infusion treatments to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and surrounding locations.

Safe and Sustainable Healing of PTSD

Ketamine has been in use as an anesthetic for over 50 years. In recent decades, the healing properties of ketamine for conditions such as mood disorders, chronic pain and even PTSD have been noted by researchers. The difference with ketamine healing for PTSD is that Ketamine IV Therapy has virtually no long term negative effects on the patient’s health.

Patients who suffer from PTSD often report a sense of calm and a healing touch with Ketamine Therapy that they may not have felt in a long time. With subsequent Ketamine Infusion treatments and ongoing maintenance therapy, patients can experience sustainable relief from PTSD symptoms and enjoy a fully healed life.

How Ketamine Healing Works?

Moods of human beings are shaped to a significant extent by chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. These chemicals include serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, which send and regulate signals between nerve cells. Modern antidepressants for PTSD, such as Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, Cymbalta and Wellbutrin work by changing the levels of these neurotransmitters.

Ketamine IV Therapy works differently. Ketamine infusions work by blocking a vital neurotransmitter, glutamate, just at the NMDA receptor. According to researchers, an increase in the levels of glutamate in the brain leads to an increase in the level of proteins needed for cell formation and growth. This improves cell signaling, synaptic plasticity and circuitry. It also helps to increase neuronal growth.

As a result, healthier nerve cells can transmit better signals for a healthier state of mind.This makes Ketamine Therapy a powerful healing medication for PTSD and other depressive disorders.

The Ketamine Difference

Ketamine IV Therapy has shown to lead to significant improvement in life-hindering symptoms with very small dosages. Patients struggling with symptoms of PTSD can expect to achieve fast and effective healing with this treatment option. Ketamine Infusion Therapy is different from traditional antidepressants for healing  PTSD in the following ways:

  • Traditional antidepressants take several weeks to produce results, whereas Ketamine Therapy can start the healing process within hours.
  • Response rate of traditional antidepressants is low, while Ketamine IV Therapy can prove to be a successful healing solution for PTSD symptoms even in patients who have not seen success with traditional medications.
  • Ketamine Infusion Therapy avoids serious side effects such as weight gain, nausea and sexual dysfunction, which commonly occur with traditional antidepressants.

The remarkable and astute Dr. Steven Mandel receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and other cities and towns in The Golden State for ketamine infusion treatments.

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625 

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Disabled First Responders also receive benefits.

Recently featured at a private dinner in Los Angeles Hosted by Dr. Steven L. Mandel, Founder and President of Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, were the following outstanding Patriots:

  • Joe Torrillo, FDNY Lieutenant (ret.) was buried alive twice on September 11.
  • Donny Daughenbaugh, Marine Corporal took several bullets in his face which broke his jaw and damaged nerves while on patrol in Southern Baghdad.
  • Jorge De Leon, U.S. Army, lost his leg while on deployment to Afghanistan,
    as his vehicle ran over an anti-tank mine.
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Joe Torrillo, Donny Daughenbaugh, Jorge De Leon

Many Veterans suffer from the emotional trauma of active military service, with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, requiring treatment. Read more.

PTSD Treatment with Ketamine Infusion Treatments

Violence-Abuse-Trauma-PTSD-Treatment-with-Ketamine Violence and Abuse Trauma and How to Treat PTSD Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaDomestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault can cause lasting psychological and emotional damage to a victim. Such events often lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, which may appear at any point of time after the trauma – sometimes even after years. As the social challenges continue to rise, the PTSD disorder is also becoming increasingly common in society.

While there is no single proven treatment for PTSD in conventional medicine that can produce predictable outcomes in a safe way and with minimal side effects, ketamine infusion treatment has emerged as a viable solution for PTSD. Ketamine Therapy avoids the severe, undesirable side effects, and delivers rapid and sustainable relief to the patients suffering from PTSD symptoms.

In some cases, ketamine treatment may be combined with psychotherapy for better outcomes. Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by Dr. Steven L Mandel, provides state of the art Ketamine Infusion Therapy procedures to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding locations and other cities across the horizon.

Sexual Trauma

Sexual trauma can occur to anyone, but children and women are more vulnerable to sexual abuse and sexual assault. Parents need to exercise vigilance and take the necessary steps to minimize the risk of their child becoming a victim of sexual abuse at home, school, or other places.

Sexual crimes against women occur with an alarming frequency, and they can permanently scar the victim’s psyche at some level. Men who are victims of sexual assault suffer in similar ways. Post traumatic stress disorders are common in these victims, and if not treated appropriately in a timely manner, the disorder can lead to severe depression and even suicidal thinking.

Acts of violence may typically include domestic violence due to abusive relationships, and can have an impact on the entire family, including the children. Community and neighborhood violence is another common occurrence, which can give rise to the symptoms of PTSD for the victim.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

The FDA had originally approved ketamine for anesthesia, but it is now often recommend for off-label uses to address the symptoms of pain, depression and PTSD. Ketamine Therapy is known to have positive effects by way of mitigating the symptoms of PTSD. Medical researchers are increasingly recommending ketamine as a promising treatment for patients of PTSD who have not responded well to other treatment options.

Ketamine infusion treatments are administered through IV at sub-anesthetic doses, which avoid major side effects and make it safe for treatment in the office. Any mild side effects of the treatment are only transient and will disappear in about two hours. Compared to oral medications, Ketamine Infusion Therapy produces much faster results that will last in a sustainable way.

Research has shown just one infusion of ketamine for about 40 minutes may lead to a rapid decrease in the symptoms of PTSD. If the patient is going to respond positively to ketamine, both the patient and the doctor will know after one to two infusions. Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles receives patients for ketamine infusion treatments from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and nearby areas.

For more information about treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625 

Treating patients from LA, Beverly Hills, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Sacramento,CA,  Las Vegas, NV and many other cities from west to east coast.

How to Treat PTSD With Ketamine IV Infusion

Disaster-Trauma-and-PTSD-Treatment-with-Ketamine Disaster Trauma and How to Treat PTSD Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaNatural as well as manmade disasters cause devastation in the lives of thousands of people every year. Disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, tornados, or explosions will expose the victims to the danger of physical injury or death.

The victims may also lose their house, possessions, and community. These stressors will place the victim at a higher risk of developing physical and emotional health problems.

Some victims may react to the problems or losses that occur after the disaster, while some others may respond to triggers or reminders of the trauma at a later stage. The stress reactions may be quite similar to the reactions commonly seen after any type of trauma. Ketamine infusion treatments can be used to help the patients who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following an adverse experience or trauma in a disaster.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by Dr. Steven L Mandel, provides cutting edge Ketamine Infusion Therapy solutions to patients of PTSD in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and other cities and neighborhoods in this part of the Southwest.

Risk Factors

A few critical risk factors will increase the chances of a victim suffering from longer lasting or more severe stress reactions following a disaster. A customized Ketamine Therapy may have to be provided to address the specific condition of the patient suffering from symptoms of PTSD.

Victims who go through the disaster themselves are at the highest risk of developing future psychological health problems, including PTSD symptoms. The next are people who are in close contact with the victim.

Those who only had an indirect exposure, such as news of the major damage, will be at a lower risk of lasting impact. Injury and threat to life are the factors most often lead to PTSD symptoms. Clinical care is usually essential for these survivors who suffer from acute distress or mental health problems.

Girls and women almost always suffer more negative effects of a disaster than do boys and men. Recovery after the disaster is more stressful when children are present at home. Marital stress may also increase after the disaster.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

PTSD is a complex disorder that has become increasingly common, but treatments in conventional medicine are still lacking. However, over the last few years, researchers and physicians have found excellent response in the treatment of PTSD symptoms with ketamine infusion treatments.

Ketamine Therapy has emerged as a new alternative treatment for people who did not respond successfully to other treatment options for PTSD. The treatment is given intravenously at sub-anesthetic doses (0.5 mg/kg) making it safe as an in-office treatment, and with minimal and temporary side effects.

 

One of the important benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy over oral medication sis that if a patient is going to respond positively to ketamine, they will notice an improvement in their symptoms within hours to days rather than weeks to months. Research has shown that even a single infusion of ketamine (over 40 minutes) can cause a rapid reduction in PTSD symptoms.

 

Dr. Mandel receives patients for ketamine infusion treatments from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and nearby areas.

For more information about treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625 

Treating patients from LA, Beverly Hills, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Sacramento,CA,  Las Vegas, NV and many other cities from west to east coast.

 PTSD Treatment With Ketamine Infusion Therapy

PTSD-Treatment-With-Ketamine-Infusion-Therapy Terrorism Trauma and How to Treat PTSD Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaVictims of terrorism and violence, whether they are Veterans or civilians, will respond to such traumatic events in a variety of ways. They may feel fear, anger, concern, or helplessness, which are typical reactions to a violent, malicious, or traumatic terrorism-related event. In many cases, these traumatic experiences can have long term effects, which may include symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Conventional medications usually prove to be inadequate in treating PTSD, or may produce slow outcomes along with serious side effects. Ketamine infusion treatments, on the other hand, have shown tremendous promise in resolving the symptoms of PTSD in a safe and effective manner.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by Dr. Steven L Mandel, provides Ketamine Infusion Therapy to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding communities.

Common Reactions to Terrorism Trauma

The victims of traumatic terrorist events, including Veterans and others, may reveal a range of reactions, such as:

  • General distress or an aggravation of existing PTSD symptoms
  • Poor sleep, getting easily angry, drinking alcohol more heavily
  • Avoiding all types of reminders about the event, or shying away from social settings in general
  • New traumatic events may trigger old memories
  • Becoming overly vigilant, guarded or protective
  • Getting preoccupied by danger

Recent research has also shown that people who repeatedly expose themselves to disturbing images from TV and print media are at a higher risk of developing PTSD over a few years. If the patient already has PTSD symptoms, these may worsen if they continue to remain connected through media with the terrorism related trauma that they had experienced in the past.

Research studies show that both veterans and civilians could react similarly and have symptoms of PTSD following terrorism trauma. Professional medical attention should be sought to address these symptoms in order to improve the patient’s general physical and mental health and quality of life.

PTSD Treatment with Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine infusion treatments are a safe, judicious, and effective alternative for patients who have not responded well to conventional treatment options for PTSD, or who wish to avoid the severe side effects associated with other treatments. Ketamine Therapy is administered through IV at sub-anesthetic doses of 0.5 mg/kg.

This low dose delivered in a controlled medical environment under the supervision of an anesthesia specialist will help to ensure that serious side effects are avoided. Such treatments can be received in-office in a comfortable manner. Some patients may experience a mild feeling of dissociation or a slight increase in blood pressure, but it will become normal in about two hours following the treatment.

One of the major benefits of ketamine infusion treatments over other therapies is that if the patient shows a positive response, the symptoms will improve within hours to days rather than weeks to months. New research suggests that just one low dose of Ketamine Therapy received intravenously for 40 minutes can lead to quick reduction in PTSD symptoms.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and other cities and communities in this part of Southern California for the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

For more information about treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625

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