PART OF OUR LARGER SERIES ON EMOTIONS
Many people confuse the emotions of Sympathy vs. Empathy, which we discussed in our Empathy Article. However, we will discuss it a little more here since the two emotions are so closely related.
We will also give some examples of these two emotional states, as well as some tools and tips that can help you become more sympathetic in your own life. As well as additional resources.
Sympathy (from the Greek words syn “together” and pathos “feeling” which means “fellow-feeling”) is the understanding, perception, and reaction to the distress or need of another living thing.
However, there still can be kindhearted belittling of another’s situation, a judgmental behavior, and an emotional distance.
Empathy, On the other hand, is having the same caring and compassion, but actually feeling and/or mirroring the other’s emotional or physical distress.
This is a deeper understanding either from your own experiences and/or a nonjudgmental walk in their shoes. A Vicarious experience.
SYMPATHY – You and your friend our out exploring a mountain side or in a national park and your friend suddenly falls into a deep dark hole and can’t get out. Your standing at the top on sturdy ground and you call out…
- “Are you okay?”
- “I will send a rope down”
- “It’s going to be okay, just relax”
A Sympathetic person is still showing support and compassion, but still at a distance. In most cases without an understanding of what the other is actually going through.
EMPATHY – Same example, but you are more of one with your friend. You can imagine being stuck down there. Scared and nervous, panicking and in need of help.
An empathetic person will jump into the hole so you are not alone just to comfort you. This emotion is on a deeper level of connection and understanding of the distressed.
This can be a problem for Highly Sensitive People or Empaths. These people who are blessed with a heighten state of intuition and awareness of other’s emotions and can lose themselves because many have not learned how to distant themselves emotionally from others.
These people are emotional sponges that absorb the energy from others, which can burn themselves out, emotionally and mentally.
People who are usually more on the empathy side will choose professions that help and serve others. Examples include:
- First Responders – Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics
- Healthcare – Nurses, Doctors, Hospice Workers
- Animal Services – Veterinarians, Sanctuaries, Humane Societies
Unfortunately, these professions are akin to developing a desensitized behavior that can occur over time from the daily experiences of dealing with emotional and physical distress.
Moreover, just to allow them many people to keep functioning at their jobs it is almost a requirement to become numb to it all. For many, it is an ongoing battle that they lose, and this is why the suicide rates and burn out fatigue is a lot higher than the general public.
5 TIPS TO SHOW SYMPATHY
- Verbal – Be Direct with Eye Contact, not just off the cuff superficial sympathy. Most people can pick up on if another person is being genuine or fake. Choose your words wisely. Ask open ended questions so the other wants to open up to you. A few kind questions and words can have a tremendous affect on the sufferer.
- Acknowledge the Issue – Even if you have empathy for what they are going through, meaning that you might have gone through a similar situation. You were in their shoes at one time. Reiteration of what they are saying, back to them makes them feel like they are being listened to.
- It’s Not About You! – We always say it, but everything in life isn’t about you, no offense. Stay on topic, and let them be in control of how little or how much they want to disclose. In many cases the sufferer had no control over the event or was mistreated, so let them be in Control.
- Personal Affection – If your not that close to the person, ask if you could give them a hug or wrap an arm around their shoulder. The benefits of touch are tremendous on people and animals alike.
- LISTEN – Many people “Hear”, few people “Listen”. Many of us are endowed with the gift of gab, however as far as sympathy is concerned, listen more and talk less.
To recap, Sympathy is more of a general feeling of care and sorrow for another. Whereas, Empathy is more specific, a deeper connection, and putting yourself in the sufferer’s shoes.
We hoped this helped understand the Emotion of Sympathy, Lord knows we as a species need a lot more of it!
Also, we hope that you learned the main differences between Sympathy vs. Empathy, and some tips to show more sympathy in your life to all living things.
Overall, showing Sympathy to other living things leads to better relationships, better success in careers, and better mental health.
PART OF OUR LARGER SERIES ON EMOTIONS
In this New World of immediate gratification and things needed to be done yesterday. With any urge or indulgence fulfilled at the click of a button. Sadly, Impatience, Apathy, and Ignorance is the new norm for much of the world.
Judgmental behaviors and a lack of caring are ruling the day for much of the human species, and the desensitizing of our modern culture seems to go hand in hand with our technological advances.
What is more fascinating is if you ask anyone do you have empathy or sympathy towards another living thing. What is the response?
“Sure, of course I do.”
Upon closer examination, do you really? For Example, have you ever heard a friend say…
“Oh, I’m an Animal Lover”.
Really? Do you eat meat and dairy products? “Well, yeah, but…”. So you love dogs and cats and other pets maybe. But Chickens, Cows, and Fish, oh no screw them! You see it’s this lack of our own understanding about who we claim to be and who we actually are, which can be the problem.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. You can’t say your an Animal Lover if you supply the demand for thousands of animals in your lifetime to be tortured and murdered to fill you tummy tomb.
“Know Thyself” – Delphic Maxim
In regards to the Empathy Spectrum, Where are you? Just a little apathy to animals, but not for people, or vice versa. Care about the loss of life on the news, but its forgotten 10 seconds later. Are you a giver or a taker?
In this Article we will be discussing the caring emotion of Empathy. Many confuse this emotional trait with sympathy and other similar emotions. However, it is vastly different.
Further, we will discuss the traits of empathy. The difference between empathy and sympathy. And if what we consume can help or hurt our empathy for another person or animal. Also, we would be remiss to discuss if CBD can help.
Also, some Tips to Develop more Empathy, as well as some Additional Resources for you to check out.
WHAT IS EMPATHY?
Empathy is the capacity and ability to place yourself, mentally and emotionally, in another’s position. Whether it is another person, animal, or fictional character. Emotionally, it extends well beyond sympathy and many people confuse the two.
Developing Empathy is crucial for behaving and living compassionately. It is also important in establishing and growing relationships.
Cognitive Empathy – Understanding and taking another’s perspective in their situation.
Emotional Empathy – Sharing an Emotional Experience with another. Distress over the situation and a desire to help.
Somatic Empathy – Physical manifestations of another’s emotions i.e. crying you cry, embarrassed you blush.
WHY IS EMPATHY IMPORTANT?
The Golden Rule – Treat Others How You Would Like to Be Treated – Luke 6:31. This is not just a religious or spiritual belief, but a practical one for any person.
In other words, a self-interest concept, a little Freudian we know, but even the altruistic characteristic of Empathy there still is a bit of self interest. Like giving to charity makes us feel good.
We all will experience hurt and pain in life, its just part of the deal. In those times of tears and sadness, wouldn’t you want someone to be there?
Developing Empathy and incorporating it into your daily life is both beneficial for you and the one experiencing the issue. It Can Help With:
- Building Better Relationships
- Cooperating with Others
- Intervening when Someone is being Mistreated
- Making Better Moral Decisions
- Better Career Success
Unfortunately, many people still have greater empathy for people like themselves and people or animals closer to them. As oppose to outside their family, ethnicity, or race.
NATURE VS. NURTURE?
A Research Study conducted by 23andme.com, found that there was a specific variant genetically, as related to our ability to empathize. This was discovered on Chromosome 3, near the Gene LRRN1 in the Striatum, which is a highly active part of the Brain and the region where “reward” processing occurs.
Although, the research is relatively new, it seems that this part of the brain is connected with our ability to empathize.
The Nature vs. Nurture Argument is a highly contentious debate. Is it all genetics? Or does our environment, social interactions, and/or how we were raised affect empathy as well?
One Study using twins, conducted by the University of Bonn (Link below) showed the results of Affective or Emotional Empathy at 52-57% heritable, whereas Cognitive Empathy was about 27% heritable likely influenced by environment and learning experiences.
Most of us can agree, that how and where we were raised affects many things in our lives. From how we view the world to how we feel about current events.
Empathy is just another trait that is likely influenced by both genetics and our environment.
Many people use these two terms interchangeably. They both have their roots in terms of showing compassion and caring towards another living thing. However, there are some slight differences.
- Sympathy is the sharing of feelings with another.
- Empathy is when you understand the feelings of another, but do not necessarily share them.
- Sympathy has been around in English since the 16th Century
- Empathy is a relatively new term established in Psychology
- Sympathy shows compassion and concern
- Empathy is a much deeper level of an internal and emotional connection
- Sympathy expresses emotion over a situation without being connected to it
- Empathy is expressing emotion and being connected
- Sympathy can belittle another’s situation; Well at least you have your health
- Empathy is almost subsuming the other’s emotions within yourself
For example, you watch the news and a found out a Mother had died in a local car crash. You feel bad for the family and sad for a minute and say that sucks. Flip the channel and the emotion is usually forgotten.
For people with strong empathy traits like Empaths. This is much deeper. It can take on physical manifestations and linger in one’s mind for a long period of time. You see that same news story of a car crash, but you start crying, you think of the family or children and you become depressed or nauseous.
Essentially, you supplant yourself in the shoes of the children who lost their mother, or husband who lost his wife and all the grief and heartache that comes. This trait is far greater than sympathy.
For people like Empaths or Highly-Sensitive People, empathy can be debilitating as well. Mainly because there is no switch to shut off and no stopping it.
Another’s situation can and many times takes over their minds, while some can also have physical pain manifestations at the same location of the inflicted.
CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors, but acts like a lock and key mechanism; allowing good compounds to enter these sites, or block bad compounds from entering.
Many people use CBD for mood issues. i.e. anxiety or depression. So indirectly CBD may help. For example, if you are feeling better about yourself or care more about yourself, then it is likely you will have more compassion and empathy for others.
DO MEDICATIONS AFFECT EMPATHY?
YES! Have you ever been on a painkiller? You know that sort of functioning numb feeling you get. Your stable and alert, but nothing really gets to you, C’est la Vie!
In 2016 a study was done on Acetaminophen (The Main Ingredient in Tylenol and about 600 other Medicines) and Empathy, and the results showed that taking this actually reduces empathy in people. Scary to think! Since millions take some form of this everyday.
The study was from Ohio State University and found that it dulls you to the misfortunes of others.
8 TIPS TO DEVELOP MORE EMPATHY
- Put Yourself in Their Shoes – Whether it is your friend or a small homeless animal
- Ask Questions – What Where Why How Who; Show them that you are there for them
- Acknowledge the Other Person’s Feelings – I’m Sorry, Tell me More. Instead of it’s No Big Thing, Don’t Worry about it. That is belittling the situation
- Engage – Did you ever open up to someone for 5-10 minutes, then all they say is “Okay” or “I See”. Be in the Moment and reiterate and respond accordingly.
- Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged – One of the biggest imperfections as Humans is we always judge. The person coming to you is usually in emotional pain and hurt. The last thing we need to do is judge them
- Be Positive – Encourage the other person being optimistic and showing you genuinely care about their situation. A few kind words can make someone’s day.
- Active Listening – They do this in Marriage Counseling and when you reiterate the other person’s words and actually hear them repeated back to you, you know they heard you. Most people hear, but few listen.
- IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU – Breaking News! Everything isn’t about you, focus on another’s issues wholeheartedly. Most people today, only ask a question in hopes of getting one asked back to them so can blabber on.
There is an old saying about Problems – 90% of people don’t care you have them, and 10% are glad you do!
In the last 20 years we have seen a major dip in empathy and sympathy, as well as a skyrocketing of mental health issues. Not surprisingly that this coincides with the advent of the Internet, cellphones, and the social isolation that these technologies foster.
But, there is no going back so we must adapt and create new solutions. Or else humanity is going to be in real danger, and the one of the most important things we can do is to become more caring individuals to all forms of life. This is why Empathy is of utmost importance.
Overall, we hoped this article sheds some new light on Empathy and how it differs from Sympathy. Also, the different types and genetic and/or environmental predispositions some have. As well as our Empathy Tips.
Research Study of Twins: Empathy-Nature vs. Nurture
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Have you lost your will? Did HOPE leave long ago? Negative thoughts surround you like a warm blanket? Well join the club!
Many us have endured these troubling thoughts and pessimistic outlook on life at one time or another. Remember, you are not alone in your fight, millions suffer from this Mood Disorder.
In this article, we are going to Discuss:
- Depression Definition and Symptoms
- Forms of Depression and Causes
- How/If CBD Oil can Help
- Why Hemp is so Good for You
- Mental Health Tips to Cope
- Other Resources
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a common mood disorder, and according to the World Health Organization affects approximately 250-300 million people globally. Depression does not discriminate, it can occur in both men and women, and in all ages and backgrounds.
This issues causes severe symptoms that affect how you think, how you feel, and how you handle day to day activities. It can affect your work, your sleep, your home life, and your eating.
And let’s be honest for a minute, we know most statistics when it comes to personal issues that underreporting is common. We could likely double this global number. Add this to number to the victims of Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolarity, and the other Mental Health issues and we could have a number well over 25% of the World’s Population dealing with one Mental Health Issue or Another!
This is the Reality we live in. It’s not Unicorns, Rainbows and Lollipops!
For most of us life can be tough, so we need to have coping mechanisms that we all have to learn. These should be instituted at the elementary school level and be in the curriculum at every grade level. What is insane is we value a subject like Arithmetic or a Science, that 99% of the students will forget, over Mental Health. But I digress!
- Postpartum Depression – Usually hormone related, this is the extreme anxiety, sadness, and fatigue that surfaces during pregnancy or after giving birth. Many can’t handle daily tasks for themselves or their newborn.
- Psychotic Depression – Appears when a sufferer has extreme depression along with some sort of psychosis, i.e. delusions or hallucinations.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder – This is a depressed mood lasting for over two years. The sufferer may have deeper and lighter bouts with depression, but it remains over the long term.
- Seasonal Depression – Or Seasonal Affective Disorder, This occurs when a sufferer experiences lack of sunlight during the winter months and it resides during the Spring and Summer. For many it recurs each year.
- Bipolar Depression – Within the realm of Bipolar Disorder, the sufferer experiences the severe depression symptoms during the low mood swings.
- SIDE EFFECTS – Of Certain Medications
- GENETICS – Family History of it, you are more prone
- NO LIFE – Few Friends or Family or Social Outlets
- SUBSTANCE ABUSE – Drugs or Alcohol Addictions
- LIFE EVENTS – Trauma/Loss; Living takes the Life out of You
- POOR HEALTH – Various Health Conditions begets everything else
- STRESS – Events, Work, or Family Related
WHAT CAN CBD DO?
With Depression many sufferers use negative coping mechanisms such as binge-eating or not eating enough, drinking alcohol, opiates, or other drugs to leave their problems for awhile. Sadly, we know as time passes, the sober train will soon come back round again.
Furthermore, this behavior can ultimately lead to addictions over the long term, and for some even suicide. But try saying that to someone who is in the grips of depression, they could care less about that or most things for that matter.
So how do we get through?
Maybe CBD! Although the research is limited up to this point. Cannabidiol is gaining praise and recognition within the Mental Health arena, mainly because of its non-psychoactive effects and non-addictive qualities.
Also, because your body has the ability to adapt to CBD better than a synthetic medication. For many, they can feel the affects within minutes, as oppose to other remedies that could take 2-3 weeks for any noticeable result. In addition, it is less of a burden to filter through your Liver and Kidneys.
More Importantly, CBD works with your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Ever hear of it? Most haven’t. It is essentially a cell-signaling system.
The ECS is spread all throughout the body including the brain, and is responsible for all of your homeostasis functions – Appetite, sleep, mood, memory, temperature, etc.
As far as Depression is concern, most researchers believe that the CBD helps with Seratonin levels, the “feel good” chemical your body produces. As well as CBD can work indirectly within the whole of the ECS.
The CBD is allowing your body to function at optimal levels. It goes to reason that if your body is functioning properly that there is a chance your hormones and what causes your Depression will mitigate as well.
Further, Cannabidiol is well tolerated with little side effects in the majority of people, and generally a safe treatment since it is not an addicting product nor will it give you a “high”.
Conversely, any anti-depressant drug is burdening your Liver, even an over the counter medication or aspirin puts a tremendous amount of stress on the Liver to filter these drugs. In addition, many deplete other vital nutrients in your body. It’s a short-sighted solution at best, and possibly more serious health issues over the long term.
If you think CBD could be an option for you then seek guidance from your Healthcare Professional. Do not stop any medications you are currently on and switch to CBD before speaking to your Doctor.
WHAT NUTRIENTS ARE IN HEMP?
The Hemp Plant is an amazing Nutrient-Rich member of the Cannabis Sativa Family. Unlike its distant cousin Marijuana. Hemp is bred for low THC levels, 0.3% or Less, so no worries about any psychoactive high like that from Weed.
In addition to all the Valuable Phytocannabinoids hemp contains, it also is jam-packed with many other valuable vitamins, minerals, terpenes, proteins, phytosterols, enzymes, essential sugars, polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids. We said it was Amazing!
- Iron, Zinc, Carotene
- Vitamins B1/B2/B6/D/E, Calcium, Magnesium
- Sulfur, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus
- All 20 Amino Acids and Heart Healthy Omegas
- Also, a Great Protein Source
So by using a Full or Broad Spectrum CBD Oil you are getting all these helpful nutrients along with the CBD. The Power of the Whole Plant!
- Reach Out to Someone – A loved one, family, friends, or Doctor
- Get Involved – For people suspecting someone they know is battling Depression; If they don’t care then care for them!
- Exercise – Any physical movement will release Endorphins and can help increase self-esteem
- Smile – Research suggests that just by manufacturing a smile increases the chemical reactions in the brain, including the release of Dopamine and Seratonin
- Be Positive – This is a hard one, but Shut off the TV, listen to uplifting music or a motivational speech
- Try a Plant-Based Diet – Eating a tortured then murdered soul has numerous health drawbacks; Build up your karma points!
- Journal – A great way to get down your thoughts and pain on paper; looking back will give you insight about yourself. “The unexamined Life is not Worth Living” -Socrates
- Support Groups – If financially able seek a therapist, if your broke find groups online via social media sites like Facebook
- Get Back to Basics – What did you like doing when you were a kid? When the world didn’t suck. Art? Books? Nature? Climbing a Tree? GO DO IT!
- One Day at a Time – Handle one day as it comes, yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not a promise, be present in the moment
- Volunteer – Take the attention off yourself. When you are a blessing to another person or animal then it will come back to you. Help someone with their problem and God will help you with yours.
LET’S WRAP THIS UP!
Hopefully, this article has given some insight to the troubling issue of Depression. In my view, although common, is one of the hardest mental health issues to treat.
Simply, because one the main tenets of the meaning of life is to have HOPE in all things. When one loses this sense of “Hope“, it is hard to say snap out of it.
Further, if the sufferer is all alone it makes it that much more difficult to find the will to even begin to have hope again. This is where a friend, coworker, neighbor, whomever needs to lend an ear or say a few words of encouragement to the suspected sufferer.
Everyone has the power to build up or tear down another individual, especially when they are mentally vulnerable.
This is as much a guide for someone not affected by Depression as much as it is for the sufferer. Be aware of people in your life. One quick sympathetic question or compliment can make another person’s day.
Overall, the pie in the sky fantasy of life most of us were led to believe as a kid, just isn’t reality. And to be honest it kinda sucks. For many, they didn’t even have that. So it is what it is. And Yes it is depressing even for people not clinically “Depressed”.
But each day when you awake, remember this is the first day of the rest of your lives. We all have the power to change this world and it starts with empathy and caring for all living things. You can overcome this issue by following the “tips” above and if starting on CBD can lead to that change then go for it!
COMPLETE GUIDE TO CBD FOR WOMEN
Many women are cautious about starting a CBD regimen because they are not sure exactly with CBD is and what if any benefits they can receive from taking it. Many of our female readers and customers have initial questions of…
- Can it help with pms or with menopause?
- What if I’m on other medications?
- What if I’m Pregnant or Nursing?
- How does it affect my body?
- I’m a busy Mom, will it make me high?
These are some of the questions we will answer in this complete guide to taking CBD for Women of all ages. Furthermore, What it is and what it is not. CBD side effects and benefits. And much more!
WHAT IS CBD?
In laywoman’s (lol) terms CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 naturally occurring chemicals called Phytocannabinoids that is found in the hemp plant. These are extracted from the plant during processing and are then added to tincture oils, edibles, skincare, and other items.
You’ve likely heard of THC. This is the phytocannabinoid that gives the user a “high” like that found in marijuana. Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp contains little to no THC, so it will never get you high or impair your mental state in a detrimental way.
HEMP VS. MARIJUANA
These both come from the Cannabis Sativa Plant family, but that is really where the similarities end. Hemp and Marijuana are more like distant cousins with CBD and THC levels. These are the differences:
- Hemp contains 0.3% or Less of THC – Marijuana contains 30-40% of THC
- Hemp contains 30-40% of CBD – Marijuana contains 1-4% of CBD
- Hemp derived CBD is nonpsychoactive (will never give you a high) – Marijuana is psychoactive (can give you a high)
- Most Reputable CBD Brands will filter out this small amount of THC to make their CBD Oil Products completely THC Free
For both men and women, CBD works within the Endocannabinoid System or ECS. This is a cell-signaling system that was only discovered in the the late 1980’s-Early 1990’s. And it is responsible for all of your homeostasis functions, including sleep, mood, and fertility.
This system is all throughout your body, including your brain, your skin, and most of your organs. The main receptor sites are called CB1 and CB2.
Today, the CBD and ECS interaction is still in need of more research, however most experts believe that CBD works well within this system. Many believe that CBD acts like a Lock and Key mechanism. The Key – It allows helpful compounds to enter these receptors to function efficiently and properly; The Lock – it blocks harmful compounds from entering these sites.
More importantly, most people are not aware that their own bodies produce their own Endocannabinoids. Two have been identified so far – Anandamide (AEA), 2-Arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG).
Can CBD Help me with Fertility?
According to Dr. Michelle Ross high levels of Anandamide occur at ovulation and are clinically associated with a successful pregnancy. Conversely, low levels of this endocannabinoid may interfere with the ability to get pregnant or ovulation.
Further, CBD can boost Anandamide levels and for embryo implantation this is a problem. This procedure requires low levels of Anadamide so taking CBD may result in a failed pregnancy.
Indirect Help with fertility. Most know that everything in life is related. If you have high levels of stress or anxiety, then this can also affect your fertility. These both have negative affects on the body in both men and women.
What if I’m Pregnant or Nursing?
We advise to always speak with your OB-GYN or Healthcare professional before taking any CBD product. As of today, there has not been enough research as to whether CBD can hurt the fetus or a newborn. Because of this we advise that you should not start a CBD regimen just to be safe.
Are There any Side Effects?
Most agree that CBD is generally regarded as safe. However, some minor side effects have been reported, such as dry mouth, a short drop in blood pressure or fatigue. The biggest side effect we have seen is that if the user takes too much they might want to take a nap. Since its coming from a plant and all natural, most users will not notice anything negative, but many have reported a calm, relaxed state of mind.
What if I’m on Medications?
Like those taken for cholesterol or high blood pressure. Preliminary research shows it might affect the metabolism of these drugs. Faster or slower release of the drug. So it is always best to speak with your Healthcare provider.
Top Ten Reasons Why Women Take CBD
- Anxiety Relief or Mental Health
- Pain Relief
- Better Sleep
- Stress Relief
- Sex Life
- Mental Clarity
- Preventative Supplement
- Organic and Natural alternative
Hopefully, this article has enlightened you to what CBD is and what it is not. Also, how it works within your body, and why Women are taking it. Remember, always discuss with your Healthcare Provider when starting with CBD Oil.
If you are going to start a CBD Regimen we suggest you read our CBD Buyer’s Guide so you can buy a Premium U.S. Brand because there is a lot of junk out there lol.
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition in the mental health arena that is brought on by a traumatic or life-threatening event, either by witnessing it or experiencing it firsthand. This disorder can appear a few months after the event or even years later, and can be very debilitating to a person’s life, both mentally and physically.
SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:
- Flashbacks and Uncontrollable Thoughts
- Nightmares or Night Terrors
- Panic Attacks or Extreme Anxiety
- Guilt or Negative Thoughts
- Avoiding People or Places that trigger the Traumatic Event
- Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions
- Higher Risk of self-harm or suicide
EVENTS CAN INCLUDE:
- Military Service/Combat/War
- Car or Physical Accident
- Human or Animal Death/Murder
- Infidelity – Walking in on a Cheating Partner
- Domestic Violence or Stalking
- Rape or Sexual Assault
- Natural Disasters, Hurricanes, Tornadoes,
- Child Abuse or Neglect
People who are affected with PTSD can have symptoms that last for days to months to years. Sadly, as of today there is still no medication specifically designed to treat PTSD. Typically, psychotherapy and an anti-depression or anti-anxiety drugs are given.
Moreover, like how everyone grieves a bit differently, the same goes for people who experience trauma. Some will never develop PTSD even though they experienced a traumatic event. Whereas others it will almost become their identity if not treated.
Today, roughly 5% of Americans are suffering with PTSD and about 9% will develop it at some point in their lives. You can double or triple that percentage based on the family and friends that will be affected as well.CAN CBD HELP?
With PTSD many sufferers use negative coping mechanisms such as alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs to temporarily take the edge off. However, what seems to help in the here and now, can ultimately lead to addictions and be self-destructive over the long term.
Although CBD research is relatively new, this plant extract is gaining recognition within the Mental Health community because of its non-addictive and non-psychoactive effects.
Also, it is showing positive effects with many of the PTSD main symptoms. CBD works via the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), this system is spread all throughout the body including the brain, and is responsible for all of your homeostasis functions – Appetite, sleep, mood, memory, temperature, etc.
With its calming properties, CBD can work directly within the ECS like a doorway. It doesn’t bind to these receptor sites, but acts like a door, allowing helpful compounds to enter and shutting out harmful compounds. Since we have the ECS within our Brain we can see the correlation with regards to mood and memory functions.
Furthermore, CBD is well tolerated with little side effects in the majority of people, and generally a safe treatment since it is not an addicting product nor will it give you a “high”.
In addition to providing over 110 helpful Phytocannabinoids, hemp oil is nutrient-rich with numerous vitamins and minerals, with minimal side effects. These are a few reasons why it is gaining preference over other synthetic forms of treatment.
- Exercise – Physical exercise creates a release of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine (feel good chemicals). Get out and move!
- Meditation – There are a lot of meditation guides out there for you to try so find one you like.
- Yoga – While you are getting the benefits of exercise you are also creating a relaxation method. It’s popular for a reason.
- Join a Support Group – Either online or in person. Group therapy helps many sufferers because you are finding other kindred spirits that are just like you, and you are sharing your story to empathetic listeners.
- Positive Repetition Mantras – Either silent or out loud; repeat a sacred or spiritual phrase in times of stress or anguish. Out loud is best because your own ears are hearing it.
- Aromatherapy – Lavender, Orange, Rose, Frankincense, Chamomile are some of the best for calming anger, stress, and anxiety. Put some on topically, diffuse them, or in a bath.
- Therapy – See a Mental Health Therapist via zoom or in person. Like the support groups talking to someone helps tremendously. One on One is more intimate if you don’t like groups of people.
- Pets – There are many programs for Veterans and others that offer emotional support pets. Or, if you have the resources adopt a pet, they need a home and your saving their life and opening up a spot for another.
Hopefully, we have offered some information regarding PTSD that will be useful to you or a loved one who is suffering from this mental health issue. With everything in life, being proactive is only going to help things in regards to mental health conditions. Further, regarded generally as a safe product, CBD could be the answer to some who are looking for a natural alternative.
The chances of success will only increase by combining CBD with more of the aforementioned tips. More importantly, remain optimistic and positive and if anyone is in your life that is negative or not showing you empathy, then maybe it is time for them to go.
Remember, you are not alone. Millions of people are going through the same issues that you are. Reach out to friends and loved ones and ask for help. Each day is the first day of the rest of your life. It will take time, but you can and will improve and get back to the best version of yourself!