PTSD

Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics

Ketamine Infusion Clinic & Anesthesiologist located in Camarillo, CA

If you’re living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you probably wish there was a way you could rewire your brain. And thanks to ketamine, a groundbreaking new treatment for PTSD, there very well may be. At Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics in Camarillo, California, Stefany Wolfsohn, MD, offers ketamine treatment to alleviate PTSD symptoms and help your brain heal. Learn more about ketamine for PTSD by calling the office today.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder which is caused by the stress that results from witnessing or experiencing traumatic or life-threatening events can interfere with your ability to live and function in daily life. PTSD can occur from a single traumatic event or from chronic neglect or abuse. PTSD frequently occurs with other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. PTSD can also occur with moral injury. PTSD with or without moral injury can be complex and may lead to a spectrum of symptoms, including:

  • Flashbacks
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares or other sleep disturbances
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Homicidal Thoughts
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Negative self-esteem and/or changes in mood
  • Memory and attention problems
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Personality Changes
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Perseverative thoughts and impulses
  • Hypervigilance

PTSD and moral injury can affect anyone but it’s become increasingly more common in veterans and active-duty military members. Because she knows PTSD and moral injury disproportionately affects members of the military, Dr. Wolfsohn offers discounts to veterans and active-duty military members.

Whether you’re in the military or a civilian, if you’re struggling to cope after a traumatic incident, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Wolfsohn. She offers her patients the latest treatments for PTSD and moral injury, including ketamine and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.

What is Moral Injury?

Moral injury is another aspect of trauma and is considered a normal response to an abnormal traumatic event. Following trauma, a person can develop intense feelings of shame, guilt, betrayal, failure and anger. Moral injury can significantly disrupt or call into question a persons’ core belief system and values. Most people assume moral injury and PTSD are the same when in fact they are two separate but often co-existing problems that often occur in the military and first responder communities.

At the Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics, Dr. Wolfsohn has integrated into her practice several licensed mental health professionals who have experience working with military and first responders suffering from PTSD and moral injury.

How does ketamine work for PTSD and Moral Injury?

Ketamine is considered a dissociative anesthetic. It works on different pathways in the brain involving the neurotransmitter glutamate. Compared to conventional antidepressants and other medicines commonly used to treat the symptoms of PTSD, ketamine is believed to lead to neuroplasticity and affect new changes in emotions and behavior.

Immediate improvement and reversal of PTSD symptoms have been observed after ketamine therapy. The results can extend well beyond the half-life of ketamine and provide long-lasting relief. One of the ways to extend these results is by doing ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.

What is ketamine-assisted psychotherapy?

If you’ve done any research on PTSD, you’ve probably discovered that psychotherapy, otherwise known as talk therapy, is the principal treatment for this condition. Talking with a licensed mental health provider during your ketamine infusion treatment can make a dramatic difference in your PTSD symptoms.

While psychotherapy is usually effective for people with PTSD, it can take time to be effective. Ketamine, on the other hand, is relatively fast-acting. By pairing the two, Dr. Wolfsohn offers her patients quick relief from their symptoms alongside coping mechanisms and mental health support to help them process trauma and begin to heal.

If you want to get started with your PTSD treatment, contact us at Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics to schedule a consultation