Homeopathy Medicine for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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A traumatic event, which could have involved a real or imagined threat of harm or death, can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition.

This can include:

  • a tornado or an earthquake that occurs naturally
  • military combat
  • abuse that is physical, sexual, or both
  • an accident

If the symptoms worsen, persist for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD. Most people who experience traumatic events may temporarily struggle to adjust and cope, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better.

Symptoms

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can begin as soon as one month after a traumatic event, but they can also develop years later and cause serious issues in relationships, at work, and in social settings. They can also make it difficult to carry out regular daily tasks.

The four main categories of PTSD symptoms are intrusive memories, avoidance, depressive changes in mood and thinking, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Symptoms can change over time or from person to person.

Intrusive memories

Symptoms of disturbing memories could be:

  • memories of the traumatic event that come back repeatedly and are distressing
  • Flashbacks are the act of reliving a traumatic event as though it were still happening.
  • traumatic event-related nightmares or disturbing dreams
  • when you are reminded of the traumatic event, you may experience extreme emotional distress or physical reactions.

Avoidance

Avoidance symptoms could include:

  • attempting to keep the traumatic event from coming to mind or coming up in conversation
  • staying away from people, places, and things that make you think about the traumatic event

Negative changes in thinking and mood

Mood and thought changes can manifest as the following symptoms:

  • thoughts that are unfavorable to you, others, or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Problems with memory, such as forgetting crucial details of the traumatic event
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • having a distant relationship with friends and family
  • Absence of enthusiasm for activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb

Changes in physical and emotional reactions

The following are examples of arousal symptoms, which are signs of altered physical and emotional responses:

  • having a weak sense of alarm or startle
  • being constantly vigilant for threats
  • Self-destructive actions, like binge drinking or speeding,
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • irritability, explosive anger, or aggressive conduct
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

Signs and symptoms for kids aged 6 and under could also include:

  • Playfully acting out the traumatic event or certain aspects of it
  • nightmares that are terrifying and may or may not feature elements of the traumatic event

Intensity of symptoms

You may experience more PTSD symptoms when under general stress or when you come into contact with reminders of what you experienced, such as hearing a car backfire and reliving combat experiences or watching a news report about a sexual assault and feeling overwhelmed by memories of your own assault.

Suicidal thoughts

  • Speak to a loved one or close friend.
  • Speak with your pastor, a wise person, or a member of your religious group.
  • Call a suicide hotline to speak with a trained counselor. In the US, dial 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; dial that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
  • Schedule a consultation with your physician or a mental health specialist.

Causes

As with most mental health issues, PTSD is likely brought on by a complex combination of the following factors, some of which doctors are unsure of:

  • The degree and nature of the trauma you’ve experienced throughout your life, as well as other stressful events, are all considered.
  • Biologically based dangers to one’s mental health, like a family history of depression and anxiety
  • Your inherited personality traits, also referred to as your temperament
  • How your brain controls the substances your body produces in response to stress

Risk factors

Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect people of all ages, but there are some things that may increase your risk of developing it after experiencing a traumatic event, such as:

  • suffering from severe or protracted trauma
  • having gone through previous traumatic experiences, like being abused as a child,
  • being a first responder or a member of the military, which increases your risk of experiencing traumatic events,
  • having additional mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety
  • having issues with drug or alcohol abuse or excessive drinking
  • not having a strong network of family and friends to lean on
  • experiencing anxiety or depression as a result of having family members with mental health issues

Kinds of traumatic events

The following situations are the most typical triggers of PTSD:

  • Combat exposure
  • Childhood physical abuse
  • Sexual violence
  • Physical assault
  • receiving a weapon threat
  • An accident

Other extreme or life-threatening events can also trigger PTSD, including fire, natural disaster, mugging, robbery, plane crash, torture, kidnapping, life-threatening medical diagnosis, terrorist attack, and others.

Complications

The whole of one’s life, including one’s job, relationships, health, and ability to enjoy routine activities, can be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Additionally, having PTSD may make you more vulnerable to developing other mental health issues, like:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • alcohol or drug use issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions

Prevention

Fear, anxiety, anger, depression, guilt — these are all common responses to trauma, but the majority of people exposed to trauma do not experience long-term post-traumatic stress disorder. However, many people experience PTSD-like symptoms at first after surviving a traumatic event, such as being unable to stop thinking about what’s happened.

A brief course of therapy with a mental health professional, or reaching out to family and friends who will listen and offer comfort, are all possible ways to prevent normal stress reactions from getting worse and developing into PTSD. Some people may also find it helpful to reach out to their faith community.

By providing support, one may also be able to avoid using unhealthy coping mechanisms like abusing alcohol or drugs.

HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Arsenicum album:

This remedy addresses a variety of fears and anxieties that contribute to obsessive-compulsive behaviors, such as: your mind keeps replaying the same trauma; you can only think negatively; you may be overly concerned about germs or your health to the point of hypochondria; you can’t stop thinking about the negative; something bad will happen to you or a loved one; and you can’t stop playing the same trauma over and over; all of these symptoms.

Aconitum napellus:

a deep fear of dying sends you into a panic state that often follows a sudden, unexpected trauma, such as an earthquake or car accident. things that previously wouldn’t have bothered you, like driving on a freeway, entering an elevator, or flying in an airplane, can trigger panic attacks.

Argentum nitricum:

Lots of fear-heights, crowds, small spaces, etc. They have a need to express their feelings in an impulsive way with anyone who will listen. They have a feeling of impending doom, like some evil force is coming for them. I call it “Monkey Brain,” when patients can only focus on their health or lack of it, convinced that every minor ache or ailment is the symptom of a fatal disease, and tend to go from doctor to doctor to get diagnoses.

Stramonium:

Fear of the dark, animals, violence, and being alone. Nighttime is the worst. Patients can’t stand to be alone. Their response to fear is violence. They feel they need to protect themselves, so they are always on the attack.

Lyssinum:

They have an irrational fear of water, either seeing it or just thinking about it. They are hypersensitive to sound, light, smell, and even other people’s emotions. They feel tormented or ridiculed, and have a dread that something bad will happen to them.

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