PTSD: BEYOND THE MILITARY
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.
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
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.