Myths and Facts About PTSD

Trauma is far from uncommon — nearly 225 million Americans of all ages experience some type of traumatic event in their lives. Under the best of circumstances, the victims of trauma are able to move on, but many are left with lingering effects that fall under post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

At Coastal Wellness Centers, we understand the life-changing effects that PTSD can have on a person, and we’re here to help. Under the direction of Drs. Joseph Rosado, Kathryne Gunn, and Alyn L. Benezette, our team offers medical cannabis, which can reduce the symptoms of PTSD, freeing you from the prison that this condition can create.

To help you better understand the problem, let us debunk a few myths about PTSD.

Trauma involves death

PTSD is often associated with war veterans who have seen much death and destruction. Lesser known is that trauma is found just as often off the battlefield. To give you an idea of the extent of the problem, examples of trauma include:

We want to underscore that these are just a few examples, and keep in mind that what is considered trauma is unique to the individual.

PTSD is mainly flashbacks

While flashbacks are certainly one of the more common symptoms of PTSD, the problem extends far beyond reliving the event. Many people who suffer from PTSD struggle with mood changes and depression. 

In fact, PTSD can cast a wide net over your overall wellness and affect everything from your sleep to cognitive function.

It’s important to consider that there’s no set list of symptoms of PTSD. If you’re struggling to plug back into the world after a traumatic event, the odds are good that you’re suffering from some degree of PTSD.

PTSD is a sign of weakness

This statement is emphatically false. We’ve already discussed PTSD among war vets, who are arguably some of the bravest people among us. Not to mention, the courageous children who witness terrible events or who are victims of abuse. 

PTSD is a biological illness that has serious repercussions and should be treated as any other illness, such as cardiovascular disease.

PTSD leads to violence

Perhaps you’ve seen a TV show where a veteran of combat becomes unhinged and dangerous. Well, that’s Hollywood. Most people with PTSD turn inward and avoid the world around them. 

You simply need to ‘get over it’

As we’ve mentioned, PTSD is a biological illness with moderate-to-severe neurological consequences. PTSD often requires a multi-pronged approach, which includes psychotherapy and certain medications.

At our practice, we understand the role that medical cannabis can play in alleviating the symptoms of PTSD. Cannabis works with your endocannabinoid system, which plays a large role in your central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as with the neurotransmitters in your brain. 

With medical marijuana, we tap into this system to “rewire” your brain for improved function.

If you’d like to find release from your PTSD, contact one of our locations in Ormond Beach or DeLand, Florida, to explore how medical cannabis can help.

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