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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!