PTSD Specialist

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

David Demangone, M.D.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy located in Willoughby, OH

According to PTSD United, around 44 million people in the United States have post-traumatic stress disorder. If you’re struggling to cope with PTSD and live in Willoughby, Ohio, David Demangone, MD, can help. Dr. Demangone is a distinguished physician providing expert treatment programs for PTSD, including fast-acting ketamine infusions that can help when other treatments aren’t working. Call the practice today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.

PTSD Q & A

What causes PTSD?

PTSD, short for post-traumatic stress disorder, is a condition that develops in some people when they experience a severely traumatic event.

Combat exposure is one of the most well-known types of trauma, and PTSD is often most closely associated with being involved in armed conflicts. However, there are many other kinds of traumas you can experience or be witness to that could trigger PTSD, such as:

  • Sexual violence
  • Physical assault
  • Witnessing a criminal act
  • Car accidents
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Fires
  • Natural disasters
  • Plane crashes

First responders and those who help when there’s been a traumatic event are vulnerable to developing PTSD.

PTSD can also develop as a result of longer-term trauma, most often sustained during childhood or after domestic abuse.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Nightmares
  • Avoidance
  • Feeling guilty
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constantly being on edge
  • Irritability
  • Outbursts of anger

The key symptom of PTSD is flashbacks, which are vivid recreations of the traumatic event. When you’re having a flashback, you feel as though you are reliving the trauma. Your physical and emotional responses are as intense as if you were back in the moment that caused your trauma.

Flashbacks are often triggered by a sight, sound, or smell that reminds you of the traumatic event. These triggers can vary depending on the type of trauma you endured. For example, loud bangs might trigger a flashback if your trauma involved gunfire, or hearing a particular song could return you to the moment of physical assault.

Triggers are all around you and trying to avoid them can make you emotionally and socially isolated. Depression and anxiety often accompany PTSD.

How is PTSD treated?

Psychotherapy and medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs can help ease the symptoms of PTSD for many people. However, not everyone responds to these types of treatment programs. Dr. Demangone provides an effective alternative for people who have treatment-resistant PTSD, called ketamine infusion therapy.

An area of your brain called the cerebral cortex is partially responsible for the thought processes that take place during and after a traumatic experience. In some people, synapses within the cerebral cortex don’t function as they should during and after a traumatic event.

Ketamine stimulates your brain to release a hormone called glutamate, which is involved in the regrowth and regeneration of critical neural synapses. A course of ketamine infusion therapy can improve mood and relieve PTSD symptoms. Studies show that ketamine therapy can reduce rates of suicide in people who have treatment-resistant PTSD.

Find out more about ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD by calling David Demangone, MD, today, or book an appointment online.