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The Healing PTSD Door to Door Campaign
I’m Greg Smith and I have had civilian PTSD since age 6 when I was in an accident with my father. I had my undiagnosed PTSD misdiagnosed as Bipolar and spent almost 5 years on drugs that cause hallucinations. I’m tackling PTSD at a grass roots, door to door level and I appreciate any help I can get.
Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a stress and anxiety condition resulting from exposure to extreme trauma or the trauma of a loved one.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that 31.3 million Americans, 20 percent of the population, will experience PTSD symptoms at some point in their lives. These symptoms include “being bombarded by intrusive thoughts; avoiding people, places, and things; and experiencing hyper awareness.”(1)
PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will develop PTSD, many of which are not under that person’s control. For example, if you were directly exposed to the trauma or injured, you are more likely to develop PTSD. (2)
Of the 2.4 million Americans deployed in the recent Middle East wars, an estimated 30% have returned with PTSD. That’s in addition to the 479,000 Vietnam veterans that the Veterans Administration has diagnosed with PTSD. (3)
Every day 20+ Veterans and 1 Active Duty Soldier take their own lives. Burdened with the stigma associated with mental health issues and the military “shame” surrounding PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), they instead turn to suicide as their only option to relieve suffering. (4)
EFT for PTSD
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), otherwise known as Tapping, combines Western psychotherapy with the Eastern “acupressure points” used in acupuncture.
EFT Tapping offers numerous important benefits for veterans suffering from PTSD:
• EFT Tapping, or Tapping, is easy, requires no equipment, and can be done anywhere for any amount of time.
• Tapping is providing recovery from severe PTSD in some veterans in a matter of days, whereas years of conventional talk therapy and medication often lead to little or no improvement.
• Tapping is providing deep, lasting relief from a wide range of PTSD symptoms — phobias, sleep issues, physical pain, mood and emotional issues, violent behavior, night terrors, substance abuse, and more.
• Tapping has no side effects, and can be practiced on your own at zero cost.
• You can do your own Tapping. (You can learn how in under 5 minutes.) (5)
The Veterans Stress Project research shows that 8 out of 10 veterans who come to this site for help, and complete 6 one-hour EFT sessions, no longer test positive for PTSD. They get better, and stay better over time. You can click here to read the story of an Iraq vet with PTSD whose symptoms disappeared dramatically and quickly after treatment with EFT. (3)
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Cannabis & PTSD
Sandro Galea, an epidemiologist and chairman at the National Academy of Sciences, stated starkly, “We are at the cusp of a wave of PTSD,” due to the ongoing nature of foreign wars along with failures in current therapy options for PTSD sufferers. By some estimates, misdiagnosis and mistreatment of PTSD has cost over $42.3 billion. One treatment that is gaining greater acceptance now is the medicinal application of cannabis.
A New Mexico study found that patients reported that cannabis use resulted in a 75 percent reduction on average in the three major categories of PTSD symptoms: re-experiencing, avoidance and hyper-arousal. The report also specified that there was a “lack of any harm or problems in functioning” as a result of cannabis use by the patients.
Jack Stiegelman, a veteran of an Afghanistan deployment who founded Vets For Cannabis after a back injury, reported immediate results from a strain that treated pain and stress relief. He said, “The rage wasn’t there anymore. It helped with the stabbing pains and relaxed my back spasms, and it helped me think clearly and stay in tune with my body … I took medical marijuana to stop some of the effects of the other medications.”
That same reason is behind why psychiatrist Sue Sisley has led a national campaign for greater research into medical marijuana and how it could help vets fighting suicidal depression. She pointed out, “We do have an epidemic of veteran suicide in this country. The question is, is the epidemic related to untreated or underdiagnosed PTSD, and could marijuana help deal with that epidemic?” She also pointed out that medical marijuana is a more practical, less potentially dangerous solution because it eliminates the likelihood of unknown drug interactions.
Sisley summed up her argument for cannabis-based treatments, “PTSD has such a broad constellation of symptoms, and you can end up taking eight, 10 medicines to manage a single syndrome. This plant enabled them to walk away from all of these drugs.” (1)
Find More Medical Cannabis Resources Here
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