Whether you’ve learned from it in war movies, history classes, Hunger Games books, or however. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very serious issue that didn’t use to be properly addressed until recent years.
What is PTSD
Most people relate this mental disorder to combat experiences, however, any traumatic experiences can cause severe post-traumatic stress. Either a natural disaster hitting your towns, domestic violence, or any experience that causes deep shatter into an individual. What these experiences cause is for you to be very hard to cope and adjust to life after the event or period. In most of the cases, you will be able to move on with your life in a couple of time and with the correct help, however, when a person can’t stop relieving the experiences and has problems completing their everyday jobs, they might be dealing with PTSD.
What effects can PTSD have?
Post-traumatic stress is most common in traumatic events that regard interpersonal relations. Rape or child abuse are the most common causes of this disorder, given that 50% of sexual abuse victims develop it after the traumatic event.
A person with a post-traumatic stress disorder has a much higher risk of self-harming and committing suicide. This is the reason why raising awareness of PTSD is highly important. Not only should you be able to recognize the PTSD symptoms on you, but also on the people around you so we can ensure them to get the appropriate help they need.
What are the main symptoms?
After a traumatizing event, you have no way of knowing for sure if you will develop the disorder. In fact, the majority of people who go through a traumatic experience will not develop any kind of intense trauma afterward, much less PTSD. Yes, they’ll probably have a hard time coping and relive the events, however, this will most likely not interfere with day to day activities and everyday interactions.
The symptoms of this disorder grouped into types. These types include (but are not limited to), avoidance, changes in emotional reactions, intrusive memories, and overall negative changes in ways of thinking and general mood.
People affected by PTSD will experience (almost for sure) intense realistic flashbacks, jumpiness (which means “jumping out of their skin”, like disconnecting), emotional detachment. These can vary in intensity and frequency.
Avoidance symptoms include avoidance on the event. Not wanting to talk about it or think about it. Also, avoiding places that remind you of that past event, usually because the places bring flashbacks more vividly.
Intrusive memories are the flashbacks, reliving the event over and over. Nightmares or upsetting dreams regarding the event. Recurrent memories that don’t leave your mind, as hard as you try not to think about them. And severe emotional stress or exaggerated reactions against reminders of the event.
Changes in emotional reactions include such as overwhelming guilt (common in veterans) or shame (common in abuse victims), jumpiness where you are easily startled for being disconnected from your physical body. Sleep issues. Having a hard time concentrating. Defense mode always, like if waiting for danger around them. Irritability, angry outbursts, aggressiveness, and self-destructive behaviour are also common in people that suffer from PTSD.
Another of the group of PTSD symptoms are the negative changes in ways of thinking and general mood. These are very similar to symptoms of depression. These include negativity towards yourself and those around you, lack of interest in activities you used to like, difficulty in maintaining relationships, memory issues like “blackouts” of the event, hopelessness for the future, emotional detachment, and inability to experience positivity and positive emotions.
How are the symptoms in children?
In children, the symptoms might be different, especially because they tend to be more detached from the situations but the brain recognizes it is traumatic. Kids might show severe separation anxiety by not wanting to go away from their parents; play that suggest a similar situation to the traumatic event, or recreating it in ways of drawings or stories; phobias related to the event; sleep problems and nightmares; irritability and aggression; and unexplainable aches and pains. It might be harder to identify the symptoms in children since you can just down it to your kid being problematic, or not pay enough attention. If you suspect your kid has the symptoms it is extremely important for him to receive proper help.
How does CBD oil help ease PTSD symptoms
Pharmacological therapies for PTSD have been proven ineffective in the majority of the cases and tend to produce considerable side effects. The ECB system (endocannabinoid system) can provide more efficient and better-tolerated alternatives to the standard treatments for PTSD. ECB plays a very important role in emotional regulation and emotional behaviour. This system is also essential for synaptic processes that are related to learning and emotional responsiveness. ECB can be especially important when dealing when traumatic experiences. CBD is particularly promising because of the way in which it engages with this system.
Although THC (the component that gets you high) is also promising and is being considered by the studies, CBD seems like it can be helpful in a more regulated way. Also, because when it comes to children THC is definitely not an option.
CBD, when administered in acute systemic doses in models of general anxiety, does not increase the levels but rather downs them. CBD is likely to help with PTSD by inhibiting the uptake or enzymatic degradation of the ECB system. CBD also aids with the dysregulation in the learning processes, such as memory loss, lack of focus, or avoidance.
Basically, CBD can engage with your ECB system to help it regulate the processes affected by the traumatic experience.
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