It is a very sad fact indeed that post traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ) is fast becoming one of the most frequently diagnosed conditions in the world. Perhaps in part because we live in an environment of ongoing war and militarism, and in a time of societal trouble, stress and strife in many areas of life on planet earth. It could also be because the DSM IV ( Psychiatry’s diagnostic manual ) has increased by 50% the various trigger labels for the condition. Life can be stressful, and unfortunately, people are subjected to various traumas that are hard to recover from it seems, in a short period of time.
Let’s look at an example of someone who has suffered from trauma, and then later experiences post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. A sadly common scenario is a soldier ( who we can call Sally ) who witnesses or experiences a forceful trauma. In Sally’s case, a bomb goes off nearby and she is left momentarily blinded and deafened, and has received a shrapnel wound to her face. Many years later, her physical wounds are healed. She returns home to a regular job, and family, and her diet consists of regular grocery store type foods, fast foods to some degree, and she is glad to be safe and home. This ex-soldier is walking down the street one day and noticed a brown paper bag on the sidewalk. She suddenly stops, feels a panicked feeling as her body is flooded with adrenaline, and realizes it’s probably not a bomb, but walks around the bag anyways, just in case. She is almost hyperventilating as she continues down the street, and will have a nightmare about this later that evening. She is suffering from PTSD symptoms.
We address this condition with customized methods including corrective techniques targeted at the cause of symptoms.
Not only military personnel suffer from PTSD. Trauma can have a lingering effect whatever the cause was. There is a long list of potential trigger incidents for post traumatic stress disorder, that don’t have to happen in a foreign country, or in active duty. A motor vehicle accident, being traumatised by a dog when young, or even as an adult, and a myriad of other traumatic experiences can have this after shock effect. If one is suffering from this debilitating condition, and medication such as benzodiazepines is not the option desired for post traumatic stress disorder treatment, one can pick up the phone and call us. We can discuss alternative means of addressing the problem which do no further harm, are comfortable and are effective in relieving post traumatic disorder and other debilitating conditions. We offer tapering programs for Lorazepam withdrawal and many other drugs. We invite you to call us today to discuss the treatment options that are available to you.
Dr. John Motl, M.D.
Dr. Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.