Friday, October 4, 2013

Lessons Learned about #PTSD

So many things have been learned about #PTSD. As a person who unknowingly battled PTSD all her life and stumbled on meditation to control the physical manifestations (with the intent to learn how to astral project which could have had serious psychological deleterious results); living with a Vet with severe PTSD added to my own personal challenges compounded with PTSD from cancer treatment. Never understanding PTSD, much less combat PTSD; we have been going through a tremendous learning experience.

1) PTSD can be contagious.

Originally I laughed when I heard this. After hearing and speaking to several who deal with it regularly, it's not a laughing matter anymore. Before a person makes a dismissive retort to this, research it.

2) Several PTSD patients understand the side effects that pharmaceuticals will have on a person including (but not limited to) emotional disconnect to any events in life. The pharmaceuticals can completely sever the 'fight' or 'flight' responses which friends and loved ones misconstrue the patient as despondent, uncaring, and selfish.

3) There are natural methods that can be used in order to alternatively address severe depression and suicidal tendencies (please NOTE-professionals should be involved in this choice. If PTSD has advanced to suicidal thoughts, get professionals involved immediately):

a) Inositol: Orthomolecular MD's have prescribed as much as 12 g (1 g = 1000 mg) p/day.
b) Cortisol: Cortisol is an important factor that has everything to do with fight or flight responses. When adrenal glands have been depleted, it exacerbates PTSD. Again, the professionals can help determine if this is the case in the patient.
c) Tumeric: Tumeric is a natural Predisone alternative that assists with inflammatory issues that may arise from adrenal gland depletion. Adrenal gland depletion and lack of Cortisol will also exacerbate joint inflammatory problems.
d) Cannabis: As controversial as this topic is; Cannabis has beneficial effects on the Amygdala. There are several studies showing positive results and ingesting Cannabis has helped several Vets suffering with PTSD manage their physical and psychological challenges.
e) Positive and understanding support: Having positive and understanding support from people who are not creating a fog of emotional blackmail is crucial to the steps to recovery. Eliminating emotional vampires (either temporarily or permanently) is important so the patient can effectively begin the steps to healing without snide remarks, guilt trips, and emotional comments making the patient's process all about the emotional vampire's needs. Isolation is not ideal for the patient but a good support system is crucial to the PTSD patient's need for a safe environment.