3 Reasons Why Ketamine is Viewed as an Effective Treatment for PTS(D)

#1: Ketamine Resets Brain Circuitry

Glutamate regulates large regions of the nervous systems and is the most prominent neurotransmitter in the brain. When glutamate receptors are over-activated, as in cases of major depressive disorder (MDD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a person may experience depression and anxiety. Ketamine works by blocking glutamine receptors in the brain. Some studies suggest PTS(D) may stem from a lack of synaptic connectivity. Ketamine therapy works by enhancing synaptic connectivity in brain circuitry, which may provide relief from PTS(D) symptoms.  

#2: Ketamine May be Able to Reverse the Effects of Stress 

Because glutamate synapses play a critical role in the brain, it is possible that the use of ketamine may enhance synaptic connectivity in brain circuits, ultimately relieving, and even reversing, the effects of stress. 

#3 Ketamine is an Effective PTS(D) Treatment Because it Works Quickly and May Work When Other Treatments Have Failed 

Ketamine may work especially well among patients who are resistant to other forms of treatment like anti-depressants and cognitive therapy.  According to the National Center of Biotechnical Information, Ketamine is gaining popularity in treating major depressive disorder (MDD) that has previously been treatment-resistant.