Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. It was initially recognised through military psychiatry, first identified in soldiers returning from military service. However, anyone can experience PTSD, with trauma coming in various different forms. It affects around 6,665,000 people in the UK.


What are the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Symptoms of PTSD vary from person to person, but usually include:

  • Reliving the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks
  • Feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt
  • Insomnia or disrupted sleep
  • Cognitive problems, such as finding concentrating difficult

These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life. People can experience periods with fewer symptoms, but can also be triggered by certain conditions that remind the individual of the original trauma.


What causes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

There are a variety of different situations that a person can find traumatic. They can all cause PTSD. Even something that one person may not consider traumatic can dramatically affect another. Such events may include:

  • Serious road accidents
  • Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging, or robbery
  • Serious health problems
  • Childbirth experiences

PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a traumatic event, or it can occur weeks, months, or even years later.

People who experience prolonged or repeated traumatic situations, such as severe neglect, abuse, or violence, may be diagnosed with complex PTSD. These could include child abuse while growing up, military service, or other long term forms of trauma.

Complex PTSD can cause similar symptoms to PTSD and may not develop until years after the event. It’s often more severe if the trauma was experienced during developmental years.


What treatment options are available for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD can be successfully treated, even when it develops many years after a traumatic event. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and addressing the root cause: the original trauma.

The form of treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms and how soon they occur after the traumatic event. They may include:

  • Monitoring symptoms to track whether they improve or get worse without treatment
  • Antidepressants, such as paroxetine or mirtazapine
  • Psychological therapies, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

How can medical cannabis help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

When traditional treatment methods can’t provide sufficient relief, medical cannabis can offer an alternative avenue. Researchers Laura Orsolini, Stefania Chiappini, Umberto Volpe, Domenico De Berardis, Roberto Latini, Gabriele Duccio Papanti, and John Martin Corkery discovered in their 2019 study, ‘Use of Medicinal Cannabis and Synthetic Cannabinoids in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Systematic Review’, that there was a positive link between medical cannabis and PTSD.

Specifically, the study found that “cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids may have a role in the treatment of PTSD”. In addition, people with appetite disorders may also suffer from other mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Medical cannabis can help with symptoms of these disorders as well.

The Medical Cannabis Clinics’ team is dedicated to raising awareness about how medical cannabis can help with a range of psychiatric conditions, including appetite disorders. Your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary.

At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer personalised treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.

Appointments start from just £70. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to offer you targeted advice and treatment plans, unique to your needs and symptoms.

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