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PTSD: BEYOND THE MILITARY

January 12, 2017
Allan Frankel, MD

When most of us think of PTSD, our first thought is of military members injured or traumatized in the battlefield. But actually, PTSD goes beyond the military and includes individuals that have been the victims of assaults, involved in accidents, witnessed traumatic events and even experienced holiday stress. It has been reported that Kim Kardashian is suffering symptoms of PTSD after she was assaulted in Paris.

PTSD: Beyond the Military

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The primary symptoms of PTSD can be mild, moderate or severe and may include the following: Alcohol or Drug Problems, Anger and Irritability, Chronic Pain, Confusion, Difficulty Concentrating, Dizziness, Eating Problems, Feeling on Edge, Feelings of Hopelessness, Flashbacks, Gambling, Guilt, Headaches, Loss of Interest or Pleasure, Nightmares, Noise or Light Irritation, Reckless Behavior, Relationship Problems, Social Withdrawal / Isolation, Stress and Anxiety, and Trouble Sleeping

There are several conventional treatments for PTSD. Studies have been conducted using MDMA as well as a planned study using smoked cannabis.

I have treated a dozen or so patients with PTSD. I have successfully addressed their chief complaint, reducing the severity of their PTSD and any co-conditions. I have recently treated an auto accident concussion patient, who in addition to their concussion related issues, has many of the symptoms of PTSD. We are making very good progress in their treatment and have mostly resolved all of their issues over the past year.

The most common PTSD symptoms, anxiety, depression, insomnia, heightened awareness and pain, can all be dealt with very well using varying ratios and dosages of cannabis medicines. One of the keys to treating PTSD, as with most conditions, is to begin treatment as soon as possible and continue with medication and psychological therapy as needed.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of PTSD and would like to consider medicinal cannabis as a therapy, please call my office at 310-393-0640 to set up a consultation.

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Have you experienced PTSD personally

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:21 pm

Assuming you are asking me, I would say that my early childhood was very traumatic living with two parents who were concentration camp survivors. I believe that my years of Nazi nightmares and severe anxiety were a result of growing up in that environment. CBD has been a great help to myself and others in my family.

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Have you personally experienced PTSD Doc?

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Why has my question been deleted 2x?

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:38 pm

I never delete questions. I am not sure what happened. Anyway, I have answered this question twice in the past hour, but here is my answer. 🙂

I would say that my early childhood was very traumatic living with two parents who were concentration camp survivors. I believe that my years of Nazi nightmares and severe anxiety were a result of growing up in that environment. CBD has been a great help to myself and others in my family.

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:37 pm

I would say that my early childhood was very traumatic living with two parents who were concentration camp survivors. I believe that my years of Nazi nightmares and severe anxiety were a result of growing up in that environment. CBD has been a great help to myself and others in my family.

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My Daughter In-Law suffers from PTSD. She has a Medical M. Card….and smokes upto $700.00 worth of weed a month. Her Behavior is out of control. Would she be able to switch to a different delivery of cannabis, and get better results and behavior? This is killing our family. Rather than break up a family, I would love to see some healing.

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 11, 2017 2:17 pm

I am not someone against using “weed”. However, when family members see how the patient in their family is spiraling out of control, it is generally possible to switch to dosed cannabis and spend a lot less money. This is a situation that I believe I can help with. Since she already has a “card”, I would suggest a phone consultation with me, or if possible an in person consultation would most likely be of help

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