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Is Ketamine a PTSD Wonder Drug?


A single dose of Ketamine significantly eases PTSD symptoms in less than twenty-four hours, according to a recent report.

Ketamine is a frequently-abused and extremely strong anesthetic that is increasingly being explored as a treatment for a range of mental health conditions. Patients receiving ketamine saw their PTSD symptoms reduced by about 25 percent both at one day and one week after therapy. But if patients received repeated injections over four weeks, PTSD symptoms declined by only 12 percent. Reduction of depression symptoms were more modest but still significant.

In most of these trials, patients only received a single shot. In the other two, they were given an injection at the same dose six or more times over two to four weeks. The benefits after the first injection were similar across multiple studies.

Because some people with severe PTSD may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, time is of the essence; they simply might not be able to wait for traditional options to begin working.

PTSD Basics

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has a chemical solution because it has a chemical cause. PTSD is not a processing disorder that randomly affects some people in some situations.

Extreme stress engages the amygdala, which controls a person’s emotional responses. This expansion causes the hippocampus (logical responses) to shrink.

If a cowboy doesn’t rightly hold a horse’s reins, the horse runs wild. Likewise, if the hippocampus doesn’t tightly control the amygdala, the victim’s mind runs wild, causing symptoms like:

  • Hypervigilance,
  • Anger,
  • Depression,
  • Nightmares, and
  • Flashbacks.

The stressful situations that cause PTSD include car crashes. In fact, vehicle collisions are the leading non-combat cause of this injury. More on this issue below.

PTSD is also hard to diagnose. The aforementioned symptoms are a normal reaction to a life-threatening event. If these symptoms persist, the victim probably has a serious brain injury.

But many doctors don’t monitor these patients and/or don’t take proper action when a normal stress response becomes PTSD. Many doctors still believe that PTSD victims simply need to “get over it.”

Obtaining Compensation for Car Crash PTSD

The aforementioned symptoms make it almost impossible for car crash victims to function at work, home, school, or anywhere else. Therefore, lost income is significant.

Additionally, this injury is very difficult to treat. Not everyone responds to medication and therapy the same way. So, medication therapy is often trial and error. This long process increases medical bills.

A Sugar Land car accident lawyer can obtain compensation for these injuries in court, if another party’s negligence substantially caused the injury.

Basically, negligence is a lack of care. Driver impairment and aggressive driving, which cause over 98 percent of car crashes, are usually negligent. People don’t “accidentally” drive drunk and cause vehicle collisions.

Substantial cause basically means primary cause. Frequently, bad weather and other adverse conditions contribute to car wrecks. But driver negligence substantially causes them. Plenty of people drive on wet roads, but only people who speed on wet roads cause wrecks.

Additionally, a Missouri City personal injury lawyer can obtain compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, emotional distress, loss of consortium (companionship), and other noneconomic losses.

Almost all personal injury cases settle out of court. Most of them settle during mediation. A third-party mediator meets with both sides and works with them until they reach an agreeable compromise.

 Count on a Diligent Harris County Attorney

Injury victims are entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Missouri City, contact the Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.



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