PTSD Specialist

Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies

Ketamine Therapy Clinic located in Mullica Hill, NJ

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects about 3.5% of adults in the United States and it’s estimated that 1 in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. Successful treatments for PTSD are limited, but the experts at Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, can help. Rick Pescatore, DO, FAAEM, and Joseph Cesarine, M.D., offer progressive therapeutic options using ketamine to reduce PTSD symptoms. Schedule a consultation by phone or online today to learn more.

PTSD Q & A

What are the signs of PTSD?

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that can develop in people who have experienced a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist attack, war or combat, rape, or other violent personal assault.

It is characterized by the following signs and symptoms:

  • Intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings about the traumatic event
  • Flashbacks or nightmares
  • Feelings of sadness, fear, or anger
  • Feeling detached or estranged from people, including friends and loved ones
  • Desire to avoid events with crowds, loud noises, or other aspects that mimic the original trauma

Symptoms of PTSD often develop within three months of the traumatic event, though they can appear much later, too. PTSD can cause significant problems with day-to-day tasks and work and may lead to other problems, such as substance abuse, depression, memory problems, and other physical and mental health issues.

How is PTSD treated?

PTSD treatment involves psychotherapy and medication, either individually or as combined therapies. Depending on your situation, one or both of these options may be best for you.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy primarily uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to address PTSD symptoms. CBT may include:

  • Exposure therapy
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Cognitive processing therapy (CPT)
  • Prolonged exposure (PE)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Stress inoculation training (SIT)

Other therapies, including present centered therapy (PCT), a non-trauma focused therapy centered around processing current events rather than past traumas.

Medications for PTSD

The most common types of medications used to manage PTSD symptoms are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other medications may be recommended depending on your specific symptoms.

The team may recommend low-dose ketamine infusions to relieve PTSD symptoms and provide relief quicker than other therapies or medications.

How can ketamine help PTSD?

Ketamine is an analgesic drug used in emergency rooms for chronic pain. It can also be used for emotional disorders, including severe depression and PTSD. In clinical trials, ketamine has been shown to be effective for treatment of PTSD by producing significant and efficient reductions in PTSD symptoms.

Ketamine reduces PTSD symptoms by blocking the N-methyl-D-antagonist (NMDA) receptor in the brain that receives pain signals. By blocking pain signals, ketamine improves neurocognitive outcomes, which means that it helps your brain and nervous system function more normally. This reduces symptoms of pain and emotional distress while also decreasing physical side effects, such as a racing heart, increased blood pressure, and sweating.

Find out if you can benefit from ketamine for your PTSD symptoms by scheduling a visit at Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies online or by phone now.