Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is brought on by an extremely stressful event. Most commonly associated with people who are exposed to war or terrorism, PTSD can actually affect anyone. Traumatic experiences such as childhood trauma, physical or mental abuse, or natural disasters are frequent stressors that lead to the development of PTSD.
It is normal to experience anxiety and stress after a traumatic event. When these feelings last for an extended period or start interfering with a persons daily routine, professional help should be sought for a proper diagnosis.
PTSD is a mental illness that presents itself differently in each person. As a result there is no one treatment approach that works. Conventional treatment options usually include a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Medications. However, mental health professionals have been embracing a wide range of complementary and alternative techniques which offer so many more options in the treatment toolbox.
These holistic treatments are non-medication healing solutions such as massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga and meditation. Approaches such as these have been known to help reduce stress, anxiety and improve mental wellbeing, so it is no surprise that they have a positive impact on those suffering from PTSD.
- Massage therapy can reduce cortisol levels and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine. This in turn can decrease feelings of stress and anxiety.
- Acupuncture needles help balance the flow of energy in the body and stimulates nerves, muscles and connective tissue.
- Yoga involves exercise designed to promote mind and body control, as well as, enhance a person’s overall well-being.
- Meditation focuses on the promotion of mindfulness and being present in the here and now. It involves techniques designed to increase concentration, clarity and positivity.
By taking a holistic, integrative approach and using these alternative methods, overall treatment plans for PTSD have been shown to be more successful. Not only is there the potential to reduce dependency on medication but also promote a positive experience and break down the stigma of seeking professional help.
However, for stubborn mental health disorders, oftentimes a more pharmacological treatment is necessary. Ketamine infusions are highly effective, alleviating symptoms in up to 70% of patients. Holistic treatments for PTSD are a wonderful way to support and enhance the efficacy of medication-based PTSD treatments.
Desert Sands Ketamine is here to help you. If you suffer from PTSD and would like to include ketamine infusions as part of your PTSD treatment plan, please reach out to request an appointment today.