I would like to preface this by saying that nothing I say here is meant to be an attack on the medical community. Doctors, nurses, anyone in the conventional medical field have had years of training and are amazing at their forte: Saving your life when you’ve arrived at death’s door. However, 99% of the time, your health is your responsibility. Doctors fix what is broken, Nutritionists help maintain the parts so that they don’t break as quickly or easily. So with that being said, allow me to launch into my first topic: PTSD.


PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects countless people and is difficult to nail down with prescription drugs because it doesn’t effect everyone the same way. Some people have night terrors, others fall into deep depression. Suicidal tendencies, uncontrollable rage, even complete apathy towards the world in general can all crop up at any time, in any mix, in any order, with or without a known “trigger” so finding a single medication that works across the board is practically impossible. Naturally, any and all of these symptoms can cause family issues for what I think are obvious reasons, so lets dig into exactly what happens when the brain is being affected by PTSD.


 

First, what causes PTSD in the first place? Severe mental trauma is the answer. Most people associate it with combat (which is by far the leading cause, I believe), but it can actually be triggered by ANYthing that is sufficiently traumatic to your psyche. Car accidents, robberies, I wont be more specific just in case, but any number of things can actually set it off. You see and/or experience something that you simply aren’t psychologically equipped to deal with. That isn’t a judgement in any way, simply an observation. When this happens, it basically “Short-circuits” your mind pertaining to those events. Literally. Related synapses are either cut or permanently fused together in such a way that medical science really can’t do a thing about it besides offer drugs. I can get into specific details, but you get the gist of it.

You may be able to think about the situation intentionally, but most likely that will send your mind into panic mode. Most people try to avoid that, and thus simply refuse to talk about it, and try to forget it. However, your subconscious hasn’t forgotten. Your mind wants to make sure that, if you are put in that situation again, it can handle it. So what does it do? Well, in it’s short-circuited, semi-broken way, it often tries to toughen you up by forcing you to relive the situation in your sleep. Night terrors. Nightmares. Call them what you will, it’s not a good way to get a restful night’s sleep. Getting a drug for restlessness, or insomnia, is no help because it doesn’t address the cause, which is you (un)intentionally terrifying yourself. This is why anti-psychotics are most commonly used for those suffering from PTSD. And anti-depressants. Pain relievers, muscle relaxers, the list goes on and unfortunately, you have to take them for the rest of your life to prevent a relapse. Ah, if only they could get in there an FIX IT!! However, medical science isn’t there yet. Your body, on the other hand…well, you were a single-celled organism at one point in time, weren’t you?

Call them what you will, it’s not a good way to get a restful night’s sleep.

Like a plant growing from a seed, your body was built and formed piece by piece based on the genetic blueprints handed down by your father and mother. Those same blueprints are still in use today…they aren’t lost, thrown away, dusty or even folded. They’re hanging right on the wall of your stem cells, just waiting to be studied and used. Why did I bring that up? Very simple. If you cut your arm, it heals does it not? In just the right order, the body cuts down circulation in that area to avoid losing too much blood, inflames the area to kill off any micro-bacteria that might cause issues, then begins knitting itself back together. Your body knows very well how to repair itself. Your mind is no different. Physical damage can usually be repaired. Afterwards, emotional scars can be dealt with.

Check out Part 2 of this article here.

Kyle Cheney

Kyle Cheney

Hello! My name is Kyle Cheney (Kouryuu), Nutritionist by day, dad and husband by night. One of the DoD Community Managers asked if I would be willing to talk a little bit about nutrition, to put a bug in the ears of my peers if you will, and it sounded to me like a great way to participate in the community and help my fellow dads to the best of my ability.
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