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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Remedies That Help

If you've heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it's highly likely that it's in relation to a family member or friend's experience in the Forces. Such is the condition's prevalence amongst people in the military that a charity has even been set up to offer advice and help.

But PTSD can affect anyone - of any age and background. Today on the Chemist.co.uk blog, then, we wanted to talk a little more about the condition and the kinds of symptoms sufferers may experience if they have it.

A mental health issue that some people developing following a life-threatening event - such as a car accident, sexual assault, natural disaster or during combat - PTSD can bring with it upsetting memories. Sufferers may feel on edge and have trouble sleeping; they may also experience depression.

How can the symptoms of PTSD be alleviated?

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, it's important that you or they visit the doctor. While there, your GP will assess your (or their) symptoms, in order to assess your needs.

You may then be referred to a health specialist for further tests and treatments - particularly if you've been experiencing the symptoms of the condition for more than four weeks.

In terms of treatment, a psychologist, community psychiatric nurse or a psychiatrist may be assigned to you to help in the alleviation of your thoughts or feelings, with the NHS suggesting that the following can help:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Group therapy.

There are different kinds of PTSD, with military post traumatic dress disorder being one of the most common types. Some women will also experience PTSD during pregnancy, with the Tommy's baby charity offering plenty of useful advice here.

If you think you're suffering from PTSD, the site suggests you should speak to your GP, midwife, or health visitor. While it may be difficult to discuss your thoughts and feelings, health care professionals won't judge you and will instead understand that PTSD is a mental health condition that will need to be addressed with care and respect.

For veterans suffering from PTSD, anything from exercise to therapy and counselling, and even desensitization and exposure to fears is believed to help the condition. A reduction in overall stress is also advised for those who are finding it difficult to go about their daily activities as a result of PTSD.

If you're suffering from depression due to post traumatic stress disorder, there are some products designed to help you. From herbal remedies like Bach Rescue Remedy, to products designed to help you get a better night's sleep, there is plenty of choice available if you're hoping to combat PTSD. Make sure you consult your doctor or pharmacist, though, before starting a new remedy.

Some people suffering from PTSD swear by the soothing scents of essential oils, which can be used for a variety of anxiety conditions. Offering relaxing, calming properties, blends like this one are thought to go a long way in helping sufferers feel a little more like themselves.

Want to chat to a member of our team about PTSD remedies that could help? Do not hesitate to get in touch and we'll do our best to point you in the right direction.

Until next time....

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately. The tips listed in this article are meant to be suggestions and should not be substitutes for medical advice.

 

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