The Past Does Not Let Go.
Anesthetic INFUSION THERAPY
(POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER)
The National Institute of Mental Health defines Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as “a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event”. PTSD symptoms can include but are not limited to nightmares, flashbacks, frightening thoughts, hyperarousal, and avoidance of anything or anyone that serves as a reminder of the event. Symptoms usually show up within 3 months following the traumatizing event, but can also begin sooner or years afterward. PTSD symptoms can disrupt a person’s life, interfering with one's ability to maintain relationships and employment.
In 2008, The Journal of TRAUMA Injury, Infection, and Critical Care published research that suggested a correlation between anesthetic IV infusion and PTSD in burned service members. The researchers looked retrospectively at medications that were used in surgical procedures of burned service members, and they measured their PTSD symptoms. One hundred nineteen (119) soldiers had received low doses of anesthetic IV infusions during surgery, while 28 did not receive infusions. The prevalence of PTSD was significantly lower for the soldiers who had received perioperative IV infusions than for those who did not receive IV infusions.
You can find the journal article here: The correlation between anesthetic IV infusions and posttraumatic stress disorder in burned service members.
Serenity Health Infusion Center is now offering anesthetic infusion therapy for patients who have been diagnosed with PTSD and who have not found relief from their current treatment regimen. Our team will work with you to monitor the efficacy of the treatment, provide you with support, and collaborate with your primary mental health provider to assist you in meeting your goals. Following your initial treatment, our mental health specialist will follow up with you and your primary mental health provider to monitor your depressive symptoms and determine your need for maintenance infusions.
How Anesthetic IV Infusions Relieves PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder):
Scientific research suggests that by blocking the NMDA receptors, anesthetic IV infusions prompt the brain to increase the production of synaptic signaling proteins in the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the region of the brain thought to play a critical role in a person’s ability to regulate his/her mood. Anesthetic IV infusions appear to promote the growth of new synapses in the prefrontal cortex, resulting in greater connectivity in the brain, while also switching certain connections on and off. This cascade of events is thought to be the reason for the rapid anti-depressant effect.
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It is important to note that researchers are still exploring all of the ways that anesthetic IV infusions still impact the brain and mood and are working hard to understand why it's effects can happen so rapidly & effectively.