PTSD is an anxiety-related disorder, and is often developed after exposure to a traumatic event. Warfare, assault, traffic collisions and threats to a person’s life are common causes. There is usually an increase in flight-or-fight responses and/or a “shutting down” of emotions. Mental and/or physical distress to trauma-related cues, dreams related to the traumatic event, dramatic alterations in thinking and disturbed thinking are other symptoms.
Antidepressants – particularly of the SSRI subgroup – and counselling are the first port of call for those suffering from PTSD. However, this is not always effective, and many medications like benzodiazepines may make things much worse. Whilst cannabis’s efficacy for PTSD isn’t proven as of yet, many veterans have used it to alleviate the symptoms of “shell shock”. Check out our piece with Bobby West (aka “Uncle Stoner”) for more on this issue.
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