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The Newton County Times Outhouse Companion

Combat veterans can’t always leave behind what they saw and experienced on the battlefield when they return to the civilian world.While some ease back into their old lives with minimal problems, many suffer from post-traumatic-stress syndrome so severe that they need professional help to overcome both it and the depression that often accompanies it.For some, that means seeking relief from their condition through one of the many ketamine centers that have opened in recent years throughout the United States.

Extremely good effect is found at stopping suicidality thoughts.“Some researchers have called the drug the most important discovery in half a century,' says Aimee Cabo Nikolov, administrator of the Ketamine Medical Clinic (www.ketaminemedicalclinic.com)  in Miami , a division of the Neurosciences Medical Clinic.Nikolov, who operates the clinic with her husband, Boris, and a team of medical professionals, says about 35 percent of the patients the clinic sees are military veterans seeking treatment for PTSD.Nikolov, who has a background in nursing, has dealt with her own PTSD issues, though hers were caused by childhood abuse issues rather than combat.

Originally, ketamine was developed as an anesthetic in the early 1960s, but it wasn’t long before people began using it as a recreational drug that was known on the streets as Special K.It’s still used as an anesthetic, but over time some in the medical profession began to realize it could be used to treat depression and PTSD.Studies have shown that Ketamine infusion can produce significant and rapid reduction in the severity of PTSD symptoms.Just what is PTSD?