Veterans of our military are returning from war in desperate need of PTSD treatment. The problem is, there really is no medication that can be prescribed to truly treat vets and adults suffering from this terrible psychological and physical condition. Typically, a medication and counseling regimen is prescribed in victims that seek help. Effectiveness varies in individuals of course, but many have turned to the effects of cannabis and report this is “the only thing that helps”.
PTSD sufferers also avoid ANY stimulus that may cause flashbacks of the trauma experienced, whether it be war, child abuse, molestation, rape, assault and any other traumatic experience which may have happened.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
“Reliving” the traumatic event through thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares (Flashbacks can be triggered by anything that causes a memory of the trauma. For example, a war veteran might experience a flashback after seeing a low-flying helicopter).
Experiencing a rapid heart beat and sweating while “reliving” the traumatic event
Feeling emotionally detached from other people
Avoidance of anything associated with the trauma
A strong response when shocked
Extreme vigilance – Always feeling “on guard”
Difficulty with social situations
Inability to properly care for loved ones
Every day in America, 22 veterans end their lives because living with PTSD is just too much for them to handle. It is not uncommon for the PTSD sufferer to have irritability, sadness, feelings of worthlessness and shame. Many PTSD victims never express or have a very difficult time expressing their emotions and especially, expressing the trauma. Very high percentages of PTSD victims have tried to commit suicide and many are successful. It is a huge public health issue in America.
There are many triggers for the individual with PTSD. If the adult was molested or raped as a child, then perhaps, a violent scene in a movie may start the flashbacks. It’s the same for vets returning home from war. They may have flashbacks of the horrors of war. They may have flashbacks of dead bodies, piles of human parts…it really is a nightmare. The flashbacks leave a person fatigued, yet anxiety ridden, stealing any quality of life.
Nightmares are another common symptom of PTSD. These nightmares can be so bad, that the PTSD sufferer tries purposely, not to sleep. The insomnia exacerbates the PTSD and the cycle starts all over.
Studies have actually shown brain changes in the right temporal lobe of the brain in adults abused as children. The changes, are similar to those that would be expected in a person with epilepsy.
Recent research has shown that the human body’s endocanabinoid system is different in people suffering from PTSD. Researchers in Israel, think they may have actually found a medication that works with the human endocannabinoid system. Cannabis! Otherwise known as marijuana.
Cannabis contains THC and CBD. It is a complex plant to explain without getting very technical. The American Government has just allowed studies to be conducted on treating PTSD with cannabis.
Many veterans already treat the condition with cannabis, as it is much safer than the antipsychotic medications such as Seroquel, Abilify, Geodon, Thorazine and many others. Antidepressants can actually increase suicide risk in PTSD sufferers more so than in depressed individuals without PTSD.
Veterans and many other PTSD sufferers are reporting relief from almost all of the symptoms of PTSD and a reduction in obsessive thoughts and suicidal ideation. Science is backing this up in the studies that have been done thus far in other countries by Neurology researchers.
Hopefully, veterans and all PTSD sufferers will be allowed safe, medical access to a medication… a natural medication that does not elevate liver enzymes, cause life threatening syndromes such as Serotonin Syndrome and even death.
Victims of PTSD are not “bipolar”. They have ups and downs, sometimes several in an hour. PTSD victims are not crazy. They need love and support. Trust and empathy. PTSD affects so many children and adults in America. It’s time to address this epidemic.
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Article by Emery Myers RN, DON-CLTC, Marine Corps Veteran.