Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

October 18, 2017

Trauma is a deeply disturbing and distressing event that can have lasting effects. Sometimes the effects are temporary, fading away over weeks or months. Other times the trauma feels like a wound that lasts for years. There are many types of trauma. Some examples are loosing a loved one, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, combat and natural disasters. Watching the news traumatizes some patients. Most people will experience some type of trauma in their lifetime. 

 

The American Psychiatric Association lists several types of trauma and stress related disorders. This article focuses mainly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Over 24 million Americans are estimated to suffer from PTSD. Women are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD than men.(1) It is estimated that 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD. This is 540,000 of our veterans. Sadly, half of these veterans never seek treatment and many of the veterans who do seek treatment only get “minimally adequate”  treatment. (RAND Study)

 

Children growing up in an unhealthy environment may have permanent brain changes from trauma. People who suffered from childhood trauma may have higher rates of physical disease and mental disorders. For example, traumatized children have much greater rates of cigarette smoking when they are adults. This may result in higher rates of cancer, lung and/or heart disease.(2)

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a conglomeration of symptoms. Some people suffer from intrusive thoughts or disturbing images, and/or night terrors. They may avoid things that remind them of a past ordeal. They may not be able to recall certain childhood events, have negative beliefs about themselves or not be able to trust others. Other people have decreased interest in activities and may space out periodically, called disassociation. Lastly, irritability, anger, self destructive behavior, easy startling, concentration problems can occur as a result of trauma.

 

There are several treatments for PTSD. Anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and other medications may be life saving. Therapists offer highly effective therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and/or specific types of group therapy. At IMHC we use Homeopathy with almost every patient because it is gentle and effective. Homeopathy treats each patients unique set of symptoms. 

 

A patient suffering from frightening flash-backs and panic attacks may get one homeopathic remedy. Another patient who is to terrified to leave their home will get different homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy is one of the most effective, efficient and safe types of treatment for PTSD. I have seen it allow people to live fuller, happier and more healthy lives. Patients that do some form of therapy or counseling along with homeopathy tend to recover even quicker. 

 

1. http://www.ptsdunited.org/

2 www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2010/may/09_0158.htm

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