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Repeated ketamine infusions linked to rapid relief of PTSD

Repeated ketamine infusions linked to rapid relief of PTSD

Repeated intravenous infusions of ketamine provide rapid relief for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder, new research suggests. In what investigators are calling the first randomized controlled trial of repeated ketamine administration for chronic PTSD, 30 patients received six infusions of ketamine or midazolam (used as a psychoactive placebo) over 2 consecutive weeks. Between baseline and week 2, those receiving ketamine […]

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Repeated Ketamine Infusions May Rapidly Reduce Chronic PTSD Symptoms

Repeated Ketamine Infusions May Rapidly Reduce Chronic PTSD Symptoms

Repeated ketamine infusions may lead to rapid symptom improvement in people with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suggests a study in AJP in Advance. Participants who received six ketamine infusions over a two-week period experienced greater drops in PTSD symptoms and comorbid depressive symptoms compared with participants who received the sedative midazolam. The findings are “an important next […]

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Ketamine as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder: a review

Ketamine as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder: a review

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to make headlines given multiple military engagements across the world and civilian traumas, and resultant PTSD development continues at an even pace. Currently, antidepressant and cognitive-behavioral therapy have the greatest evidence base but still do not yield a remission of PTSD symptoms in many patients. Off-label and novel treatments continue […]

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COVID-19, election, racism and more intersect as massive stressors, particularly for Gen Z

COVID-19, election, racism and more intersect as massive stressors, particularly for Gen Z

Compounding stressors this year are seriously threatening the mental health of Americans, particularly the youngest generation, according to results of a national survey by the American Psychological Association. Major sources of this stress include concerns regarding COVID-19, health care, the economy, racism and the U.S. presidential election. “This survey confirms what many mental health experts […]

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Nurture trumps nature in determining severity of PTSD symptoms

Nurture trumps nature in determining severity of PTSD symptoms

Researchers at Yale and elsewhere previously identified a host of genetic risk factors that help explain why some veterans are especially susceptible to the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new Yale-led study published Sept. 30 in the journal Biological Psychiatry has now identified a social factor that can mitigate these genetic risks: the […]

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, it was noted that psychologists and psychiatrists are bracing for rising rates of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is defined as a disorder that occurs after a person was exposed to death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence. The […]

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PTSD Treatment WORKS – Raise Awareness

PTSD Treatment WORKS – Raise Awareness

PTSD Awareness Month Each June, we mark PTSD Awareness Month. It is a time to bring together people and programs across the country to spread awareness about PTSD—what it is and how to treat it—to help improve the lives of trauma survivors. This year—during a global pandemic that has created significant challenges for so many […]