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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD

I have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Can Alpha-Stim®  treatment help me and my symptoms? PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Yes it can. 
Alpha-Stim®  is indicated for and effectively treats depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain.  All of these are common symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  If you would like more information please call us at 1-888-END-ANXIETY (363-2694) .  You can also read an account of one man's use of the Alpha-Stim®  in the Military Veterans PTSD Reference Manual or visit our patient testimonials.

For more information on PTSD, read below.

"I was raped when I was 25 yrs old. For a long while, I spoke about the rape as though it was an event that happened to someone else. I was definitely aware that it had happened to me, but there was just no feeling."

"Then I started having flashbacks. They kind of came over me like a splash of water. I would be terrified. Suddenly I was reliving the rape. Every instant was startling. I wasn't aware of anything around me, I was in a bubble, just kind of floating. And it was scary. Having a flashback can wring you out."

"The rape happened the week before Thanksgiving dinner, and I can't believe the anxiety and fear I feel every year around the anniversary date. It's as though I've seen a werewolf.  I can't relax, can't sleep, don't want to be with anyone. I wonder whether I'll ever be free of this terrible problem."

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.

Post-traumatic stress disorder was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes.

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder can startle easily (hyper vigilant), become emotionally numb (especially in relation those with whom they used to be close), lose interest in most things they used to enjoy, have trouble feeling affectionate, be irritable, become more aggressive, or even become violent towards others.  They avoid situations that remind them of the original incident, and anniversaries of the incident are often very difficult. PTSD symptoms seem to be worse if the event that triggered them was deliberately initiated by another person, as in a mugging or a kidnapping. Most people with PTSD repeatedly relive the trauma in their thoughts during the day and in nightmares when they sleep. These thoughts or nightmares are called flashbacks.  Flashbacks may consist of images, sounds, smells, or feelings, and are often triggered by ordinary occurrences, such as a door slamming or a car backfiring on the street. A person having a flashback may lose touch with reality and believe that the traumatic incident is happening all over again.

Not every traumatized person develops fully formed or even minor PTSD.  Symptoms usually begin within 3 months of the incident but can emerge many years afterward. They must last more than a month to be considered PTSD. The course of the illness varies.  Some people recover within 6 months, while others have symptoms that last much longer.  In some people, the condition becomes chronic.

PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults,1but it can occur at any age, including childhood.1  Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men,2 and there is some evidence that susceptibility to the disorder may run in families.3  PTSD is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or one or more of the other anxiety disorders.4

While certain kinds of medication and certain kinds of psychotherapy can sometimes treat the symptoms of PTSD effectively, Alpha-Stim® is also a good treatment option.  While not specifically indicated for PTSD, it is indicated for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain,  All of which are common symptoms of  PTSD.  For more information about Alpha-Stim® call us at 1-888-END-ANXIETY (363-2694).  Also, feel free to read about Alpha-Stim® use in the Military Veterans PTSD Reference Manual.

1. Davidson JR. Trauma: the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2000; 14(2 Suppl 1): S5-S12.
2.  Margolin G, Gordis EB. The effects of family and community violence on children. Annual Review of Psychology, 2000; 51: 445-79.
3.  Yehuda R. Biological factors associated with susceptibility to posttraumatic stress disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 1999; 44(1): 34-9.
4.  Regier DA, Rae DS, Narrow WE, et al. Prevalence of anxiety disorders and their comorbidity with mood and addictive disorders. British Journal of Psychiatry Supplement, 1998; (34): 24-8.

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