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Everything You Need To Know About PTSD Treatment

A recent post in the High Times provides another heart-breaking yet encouraging account of personal struggle with treatment-resistant depression, severe anxiety, rage and anger, OCD, rumination, and eating disorder. Luckily, this story has a good ending.

Sophie Thomas talks about a sexual assault that made her depressed and anxious. “I don’t want to die, but I can’t shake these suicidal thoughts and imagery,” she writes.

Why Did She Seek Treatment?

Thomas shares: "For some people, a mental health diagnosis is welcome. Someone finally identified the issue, and now you can treat yourself properly. I felt such relief when I learned about PTSD, but before that, when I was searching for the right psychiatrist many years ago, I just felt like a crazy girl."  One doctor suggested she had generalized anxiety disorder. Those ruminating thoughts? Another one said they’re because she had OCD. Trouble getting out of bed and focusing? It must be ADD. She knew she was depressed, but as it turns out, all those other side effects are just part of the PTSD umbrella.

Thomas completed her initial six treatments over two weeks. Her suicidal thoughts and imagery simply disappeared. "It was like they were zapped from my brain. I struggled to recall what it was like to have them. If before beginning ketamine IV treatment, I could mentally drop to a nasty place in which I didn’t matter, in which there was no hope, in which there were upsetting visions, it’s like an elevator came and lifted up my “bottom” to be a pretty well-designed and pleasantly curated floor."

Read Sophie's full story and her decision to use ketamine treatment for PTSD here.

At the Florida Mind Health Center, we are committed to helping you and your loved ones to live a fulfilling life again, free of symptoms and pain.