Ketamine Treatment for PTSD in Chattanooga

The primary cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is some type of traumatic event that triggers changes in the brain and alters how it functions. As with most mental health conditions, researchers are still working to identify why some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder after they experience a trauma.


The changes in the brain that have been found are associated with memory and emotional regulation such as the prefrontal cortex and amygdala. People with this disorder also tend to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and norepinephrine. Essentially, your brain can suddenly trigger the fight-or-flight response if it senses anything that reminds it of the traumatic event. Recent data attributes this to neuronal lesions that develop in response to physiologic responses to trauma and periods of heightened stress.

What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

The effects of this mental health disorder involve a wide range of symptoms. One of the most common symptoms that people experience is disruptive flashbacks. These may involve visual hallucinations of the situation that occurred. Daydreaming about the trauma is common. You may also have nightmares that wake you up at night. People who have flashbacks describe them as being so vivid that they feel like they are actually back in the moment that caused their trauma.


Avoidance can be another symptom. You may try to avoid passing a place that triggers your PTSD symptoms. If a particular person reminds you of a trauma, then you may go out of your way to avoid them. You may also refuse to talk to other people about the painful experience that you went through, and this can severely block your pathway toward healing.

How Does Ketamine Help Treat PTSD?

Ketamine Infusion Therapy produces a steady state anesthetic stimulation without sedating the brain. The process stimulated by Ketamine Infusion Therapy is purely physiologic in nature. The desired response of the brain is a subsequent higher-than-normal release of certain proteins (BDNF, GSK3b, etc.). These proteins are initially neuro-protective (your brain’s protective mechanism) then, over several days’ time, they will stimulate a mappable, measurable synaptogenesis. Otherwise known as new and healthy brain cell production. As the brain communicates more effectively, the patient begins to feel their environment correctly and the stimulation in the world around them starts to elicit a more appropriate emotional and physical response.

Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy the only thing you will need?

Unfortunately, no. Something has led you to seek treatment. It could be a number of things such as trauma, an unhealthy environment, inadequate coping skills, or even genetic components out of your control. Once you are feeling better, we need to address these components in a forward-focused and corrective way. Our Care Team will match you with a trusted provider who can assist you in this part of your journey.

We can help treat PTSD

To learn if Ketamine Infusion is the right treatment option for you, contact us by calling for a free consultation or requesting one online today.