PTSD

by Lilly Hillairet Clinic Assistant

Introduction:

PTSD also known as post traumatic stress disorder is a mental disorder that can be triggered by catastrophic events.

For example, patients with a military service background, car accident, domestic violence and child abuse  might suffer from PTSD.

Symptoms:

  • Intrusive memories / flashbacks
  • Hyperarousal, or being easily startled
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia or other sleep problems
  • Emotional numbing
  • Avoidence of trauma related stimulations

There are some similiraties with other mental health disorders. Anxiety is the most common. For PTSD patient it shows in three clusters.

Clusters:

  • Reexperiencing
  • Marked avoidence
  • Hyperarousal

Triggers of PTSD:

  • Stressful event
  • Situation that is exceptionally threatening 
  • Catastrophic events

PTSD therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy 
  • Stress Inculation Training
  • Pharmacotherapies

Acupuncture is usually used in combination to other therapies. It is extremely beneficial to help reduce most physical symptoms.

Benifits: 

  • Reduces depression
  • Helps with sleep
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces pain
  •  Reduces stress
  • Calming the nerves
  • offers clarity 

Conlusion:

Acupunture is a proven method to help patients with PTSD in combination to other available therapies. There is no cure for PTSD however with the appropriate treatments the symptoms will lessen overtime.

Not only does acupuncture help with PTSD it is also proven to help with, dementia, eating disorders, Schizophrenia, sleep disorder, and substance abuse related disorder. Acupuncture will help in restoring the physical and mental balance. 

If a patient needs urgent assistance, please call 911.