Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or observing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
Some people who go into traumatic events may have momentary trouble adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms worsen, remain for months or even years, and control your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD Causes
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Statistics have been skyrocketing because for more than fifteen years our US military has been involved in some conflict or another mainly in the middle east. Our involvement in the middle east began in 1990 when we invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein was moving to take over Kuwait and other countries surrounding Iraq.
Our military was successful in pushing Saddam’s army out of Kuwait. Then came the bombing of the world trade towers in NYC by Osama BinLaden from Afghanistan and our government decided to invade Afghanistan where our military to this day is still deployed.
In March 2003, it was decided to invade Iraq again because of the belief they were developing chemical weapons or weapons of mass destruction. The conflict lasted only about a month, and no chemical weapons were found. It is believed they were able to destroy their stockpile of chemical weapons before the invasion.
Saddam Hussein was found and tried for war crimes against his people and put to death by the Iraqi government. Even though the war in Iraq ended with the death of Saddam, our military is involved in many skirmishes involving the terrorist organizations that dominate these countries.
The US military is engaged throughout the middle east in conflicts all the time, and the war in Afghanistan still goes on. Our military is short on personnel, and many of our soldiers have served at least two tours of duty over there and some as many as five or six.
Is it any wonder we have problems with PTSD? No person can be involved with that much conflict and not develop psychological issues. Just as police officers who have been with a police department for many years face murder, sexual assaults, and many other crimes of all kind, our soldiers live with these memories of death and destruction for the rest of their lives.
Terror and Natural Disasters
I wanted to write a short article about Post Traumatic Stress Disorders in our nation and the men and women involved in the trucking industry. With all the conflicts we have today and the many natural disasters it is no wonder we have many people walking around living with PTSD. We have to remember that PTSD is caused by being in or witnessing a traumatic event.
We can think of all the terror events that have taken place in our country in the last few years; unfortunately, there have been many mass shootings, bombings and other terror-related incidents throughout our history. Most recently one can think of Columbine in Colorado, the bombing at the Boston Marathon, and even most recently at the country and western concert in Las Vegas, to name just a few; the list keeps growing. How does this affect the people who directly witness such an event, and some people are affected by these from just watching it on TV.
Some can be involved in a catastrophic event such as these and not have any problems, while there are others that are affected by it for a short time. Then there are some that will have nightmares about an event for the rest of their lives, especially those that witness these events on day by day basis for an extended period.
It is proven that men and women who serve in combat zones for long periods of time and people involved in law enforcement for several years are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorders for the rest of their lives. More veterans of the Iraq wars and the conflict in Afghanistan are entering the trucking industry. Long periods of being alone and long periods behind the wheel can aggravate the symptoms of PTSD. Because PTSD has become so prevalent in our nation; management personnel in all industries somehow need to be made aware of the severe complications generated by this mental disorder.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment
Some of the below information comes from webmd.com/mental-health/what-are-treatments-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
When you have PTSD, you may think you will never get your life back. However, it can be controlled. Short-and long-term psychotherapy and medications can work favorably. Most times these two treatments are more effective together.
Most PTSD therapies come under the umbrella of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The purpose is to alter the thought patterns that are disrupting your life. Developing your thought patterns can happen by talking about your ordeal or focusing on where your anxieties originated.
PTSD healing has three central goals:
- Change your symptoms
- Show you skills to deal with it
- Repair your self-esteem
Depending on your circumstances, group or family therapy can be an excellent choice for you instead of private sessions.
Cognitive Processing Therapy
CPT is a 12-week course of therapy, with weekly gatherings of 60-90 minutes.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy
If you have been evading things that remind you of a traumatic event, PE will help you confront them. PE Therapy requires eight to 15 meetings, typically 90 minutes each.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
With EMDR, you may not have to inform your therapist about the encounter. Preferably, you focus on it while you view or listen to something they are doing — maybe moving a hand, shining a light, or creating a sound.
Stress Inoculation Training
SIT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). One can do it alone or in a group. You won’t have to go into detail about what happened. The focus is more on adjusting how to deal with the tension from the event.
Medications may help a person to stop thinking about or reacting to an event, including having nightmares and flashbacks. They can also help you produce a more positive viewpoint on life and feel more “ordinary” again. Numerous drugs affect the chemistry in your brain linked to fear and anxiety. Doctors typically prescribe medications that affect the neurotransmitters’ serotonin or norepinephrine (SSRIs and SNRIs).
However, as with all medication, there is a good outcome or the drugs can create problems, and we all know drugs are most times a temporary fix. Because people respond differently to medications, and not everyone’s PTSD is related, your doctor may prescribe other medicines too, in other words, this can turn into an experiment depending on the doctor, the person and the severity of the PTSD.
Natural Cure for PTSD
What are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms and is there any natural cure for PTSD? A variety of symptoms are signs that a person is experiencing PTSD. The following are some of the most common symptoms of PTSD that you or another may be experiencing:
- Feeling upset by things that remind you of what happened
- Having nightmares, vivid memories, or flashbacks of the event that make you feel like it’s happening all over again
- Have feelings of being emotionally cut off from others
- Feeling numb or losing interest in things you used to care about
- Feeling constantly on guard
- Feeling irritated or having angry outbursts
- Having difficulty sleeping
- Having trouble concentrating
- Being jumpy or easily startled
It is not just the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder but more how you may respond to them that can interrupt your life. You may:
- Frequently avoid places or things that remind you of what happened
- Consistently drink or use drugs to suppress your feelings
- Consider harming yourself or others
- Start regularly working to immerse your mind
- Pull away from other people and become alone
The two ways that are talked about the most for the treatment of PTSD are therapy and medication. Many times a person that is involved in such a traumatic incident is hesitant to talk about it or want to forget about it entirely, and in cases of severe PTSD, this can turn into a lifelong calling.
The drugs doctors recommend for this disease can have severe consequences; most of these are very addictive and are hard for someone to take because of the psychological problems they can produce. It takes time and doctors will have to experiment to find the dosage of the medication that is right for a persons’ situation. With certain drugs, you might need to have regular tests — for example, to see how your liver is working — or check in with your doctor because of possible side effects. You read more about some of these drugs here www.webmd.com/mental-health/what-are-treatments-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder#2
Many natural remedies are used to treat PTSD in individuals affected by this frightening disease. Out of all these remedies people are finding acupuncture seems to be the most effective. Different studies have been conducted, and many are showing acupuncture can be used successfully as a natural treatment.
The healing effects of acupuncture last over three months post-treatment and unlike psychiatric treatments they do not require the patient to reconstruct the incident that caused the PTSD. Studies conducted by the Pentagon revealed that most soldiers are more inclined to accept acupuncture treatments because most have very little desire to go over these traumatic incidents in their minds many times over.
Studies have been conducted by the International Institute of Chinese Medicine; there has seen significant development of a conventional “point prescription” mode of treatment. The treatment details a holistic set of points in the body that need stimulation through acupuncture, so these point treatments can be customized to suit each one’s needs.
Yes, acupuncture is showing great results for the treatment of PTSD, but what about Cannabidiol (CBD)? More and more research is being conducted on the positive effects of CBD on numerous psychological problems people face today, and these are being shown to be valid for the treatment of PTSD. Because the available drugs today (antidepressants and anxiolytics) do not target the memory process may be one of the reasons pharmacological treatment of PTSD is so difficult.
Other approved treatments such as SSRIs and serotonin/noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors both display little efficacy and minimal success rate. Also, the available treatments have significant side effects, which limit tolerance or weaken adherence to treatment. For these reasons CBD is showing promise since they affect both the emotional and cognitive (increase the efficiency of psychological approaches) aspects of the disorder.
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Inside the human body, there is the system called the Endocannabinoid System, with receptors spread throughout the brain and body. When these receptors are activated, they enable two-way communication between body systems; something previously thought to be impossible. When these receptors are functioning your body is in complete synchronization, and a person should not have any health issues.
Cannabidiol (CBD) helps to keep your endocannabinoid system in rhythm, and this helps cure pain, depression, and anxiety, plus a lot of other health issues we face today. Unless a person has severe PTSD; a daily regimen of CBD Oil, exercise, a healthy diet, and acupuncture, if needed, should cure any problems associated with PTSD.
Talking about PTSD is very difficult for most and some people never talk about it. CBD will not cure this debilitating disease but can make living with it more tolerable. MDC My Daily Choice is on a mission to change pain to thriving, and I would like for you to join me on this. Ask me about CBD Oil, CBD Oil and PTSD, or acupuncture, and PTSD!
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