Dr. Frankel's Journal

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, PTSD includes individuals that are assault victims, 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.

PTSD and 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’ve recently treated an auto accident concussion patient, who in addition to their concussion related issues, has many PTSD symptoms. We are making very good progress in their treatment and have mostly resolved all 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 key to treating PTSD, is to begin treatment right away and continue with medication and psychological therapy as needed.

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