post traumatic stress disorder

Treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Naturally

Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is an anxiety condition that occurs when an individual is subjected to a traumatic, frightening or life threatening event. Also known as battle fatigue and shell shock, it is most commonly associated with combat veterans but anyone who suffers from a traumatic experience can suffer from PTSD. Events from losing a job or divorce to experiencing a disaster, being assaulted, or exposure to war can cause PTSD.

 

How do I know if I have PTSD?

  • Hallucinations
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Detachment
  • Isolation
  • Anhedonia
  • Depression
  • Avoidance
  • Extreme emotions
  • Difficulty relating normally
  • Emotional volatility
  • Angry outbursts
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Children may suffer developmental impediments

 

How do I prevent PTSD?

While there are no real specific ways to prevent PTSD, you can lessen your likelihood of suffering from some causes through disaster preparedness training.

 

How can I treat PTSD?

Treatments for PTSD should be done in conjunction with psychotherapy and medication. PTSD is a serious anxiety condition and should not be downplayed or ignored.

  • Hops help to relieve stress, nervousness and restlessness. They help calm both the mind and body, but don’t take this as leave to drink lots of alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are depressants and can easily worsen any PTSD symptoms.
  • Green tea helps to strengthen the immune system which can be weakened by the constant stress of PTSD.
  • Valerian can help promote calmness and relaxation..
  • Rhodiola helps relieve stress on the immune and lymphatic systems.
  • Holy Basil and stinging nettle both provide adrenal support which is important as PTSD causes frequent, unnecessary adrenal stimulation.
  • Drink some chamomile tea. Chamomile helps to soothe and relax the body.
  • Look into alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and biofeedback.
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