Millions of Americans suffer from various forms of mental issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, social anxiety and PTSD (Post traumatic Stress Disorder) among others. Anything that scares, shocks, or results in a threat to personal safety from serious danger can cause PTSD symptoms.

PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs after a deeply traumatic event is either experienced or witnessed. The shock of what happened can be so great that it affects a personís ability to lead a normal life. People with PTSD suffer from various symptoms including flashbacks, insomnia, unpleasant and painful emotions, and low self-esteem as they constantly relive the event.

If you have PTSD you may feel that you will never be able to live a normal life again but it can be treated with short- or long-term medication and psychotherapy. Often these two methods of treatment work well together for a more effective result.

Below are 7 PTSD Relief Methods:

Family and friends can be important influences in helping someone get treatment for mental health issues. Reaching out and letting them know you are there to help them is the first step. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Devin N. Boyer/Released)

  1. Medication
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  3. Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  4. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
  5. Stress Inoculation Therapy
  6. Acupuncture
  7. Upper Cervical Chiropractic

 

  1. Medication.

Several types of drugs work by affecting the chemistry in the brain related to anxiety and fear. Doctors will initially prescribe medications like Fluoxetine (Prozac) Sertraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil) and Venlafaxine (Effexor) that have an effect on the neurotransmitters norepinephrine or serotonin in the brain. Sertraline and paroxetine have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of PTSD. Prescribed Cannabis-CBD also helps to decrease memory of a traumatic event by lowering ones fear expression and disrupt memory reconsolidation which triggers our longterm memory. Always ensure to check with your primary doctor to evaluate all medical options and determine what treatment option is best for your particular condition.

Off-label medications may also be prescribed including anti-depressants, beta blockers, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

Medicines can help reduce nightmares and flashbacks and help you have a more positive outlook on life.

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD has 3 main goals:

To reduce symptoms
To teach the skills necessary to deal with the symptoms
To restore self-esteem

The overall aim is to change the disturbing thought patterns that are affecting your life by talking about the trauma and where the fears may be coming from. Individual, group, and family therapy sessions are available depending on your personal requirements.

  1. Prolonged Exposure Therapy

PE therapy will help you confront things that you may have been avoiding that remind you of your traumatic experience. Breathing techniques will help to ease the anxiety associated with thoughts of the event. Later on, you will be asked to list all the things you have been avoiding and then learn how to face each one. You will also be asked to verbally recount what happened and then listen to the recording of yourself at home. Over time this type of therapy will help to ease your symptoms.

  1. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR therapy involves concentrating on something the therapist is doing like flashing a light, making a sound or moving a hand while you are concentrating on what happened during the traumatic event. The aim is to give you something positive to think of while remembering the trauma.

  1. Stress Inoculation Therapy

SIT can be done in a group or by yourself.  The focus is more on changing how you have been dealing with the stress caused by the event rather than discussing the details.  It teaches the skills necessary to release stress like breathing techniques, massage and other ways to relax the mind and body and reduce negative thoughts.

 

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  1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a complementary treatment for PTSD. Studies have shown it to have a significant reduction in feelings of anxiety and stress.

 

  1. Upper Cervical Chiropractic

This type of therapy is particularly beneficial for those who have suffered an injury due to a traumatic event. If a misalignment exists, upper cervical chiropractic is a gentle and safe sub-specialty of chiropractic that can correct an underlying factor responsible for aggravating the symptoms of PTSD. Once the underlying physical problem has been addressed it may result in a reduction of other symptoms associated with PTSD.

Often people who struggle with the after-effects of a traumatic event experience feelings of fear and shame that make it difficult for them to seek help and many will suffer in isolation in the hope that their symptoms will eventually go away on their own. Unfortunately, the reality is that if PTSD symptoms are left untreated they can become worse and may lead to more serious problems. A good place to start is to connect with your primary health care physician who will be able to recommend professional health care providers that specialize in the treatment of conditions like PTSD. We hope that the PTSD Treatment 7 Relief Methods listed above will help you make a positive move towards regaining your health after a traumatic event.

 

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