Article by All Bud
As long as people have gone to war, the warriors and victims have suffered horrors to their bodies and minds. Their bodies have often proven more resilient than their psyches.
War has not monopoly on trauma. The loss of loved ones, the loss of property in a natural disaster, the affliction with pain and suffering – all leave brutally deep pain.
Cannabis is proving a successful option for people seeking relief from this post-traumatic stress disorder.
PTSD in simple terms
The staff at the Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as follows: “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.”
In terms of everyday life, people who experience traumatic events often have trouble adjusting for a while. But, continued suffering marks PTSD for months and years.
PTSD symptoms occur in different people to different degrees. But, per the National Center for PTSD at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, symptomatic behaviors include:
- Reliving the event in nightmares or flashbacks.
- Avoiding situations or people that remind of the event.
- Feeling generally negative, guilty, or shameful about things.
- Losing trust and faith in people and circumstances.
- Experiencing hyperarousal, a sharp anxiety, jitteriness, and anger.
These experiences too often combine in number and intensity and take the form of self-destructive behaviors including suicide.