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Some Important Information About PTSD

Some Important Information About PTSD

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a severe incapacitating condition that mainly manifests itself in crippling anxiety, depression, fits of anger and irritability, sleep disorders, and psychosomatic pain. As is implied by its name, it appears in people who have suffered severe trauma — the most common group are veteran soldiers who have been in active combat. However, there are probably many more people with PTSD around you than you may think — there are no telltale signs that one has it, and its sufferers usually don’t advertise their condition. That’s why knowing more about PTSD is probably more important than you imagine, especially if someone close to you is suffering from it.

1. Not every traumatic event causes PTSD.

Having undergone a traumatic experience doesn’t equal having PTSD. Different people react to trauma differently, and different experiences cause trauma of different intensity. It’s no use telling a person with PTSD to just get over it just like somebody else did. PTSD is a much more visceral experience than just tragic memories — it hijacks one’s body chemistry which makes controlling its symptoms all the more difficult.

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2. Cannabis is a viable treatment.

Medical marijuana is just one of numerous treatment methods of PTSD. Others include anti-depressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, sleeping pills, narcotic pain medication, beta-blockers, and many others. The range of medications alone suggests that PTSD isn’t a very well understood syndrome and the medications are mostly chosen on a hit-and-miss basis. Latest studies, however, show that cannabis is quite promising when compared to the majority of conventional methods. It is hard to say to what degree it can improve PTSD symptoms, but it is more likely to do so, and less likely to worsen them. That is why those suffering from PTSD can do themselves a world of good by finding marijuana dispensaries in their localities.

3. Social support is as important as medication.

If not more. Social support plays crucial role in prevention of PTSD development after trauma and can considerably alleviate its symptoms once it is developed. It doesn’t matter how old the trauma is — it is of course always better to get help early on, but it is never too late.

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4. PTSD has a wide range of symptoms.

PTSD is not homogenous, and different persons may develop different symptoms. There are four major types of them:

  • Re-experiencing (reliving the event, flashbacks, nightmares)
  • Avoiding situations that remind of the traumatic event (sometimes people with PTSD tend to even avoid talking or thinking about things, people and situations that remind them of traumatic experience)
  • Hyperarousal (nervousness, alertness and feeling that one should be always on the lookout for danger, difficulty concentrating)
  • Changes in beliefs and feelings (people with PTSD often feel fear, shame, guilt and hopelessness, lose interest in their favorite activities).

5. Full recovery is possible.

Given proper treatment and support, many people are capable of fully recovering from PTSD. It needn’t be something that affects their entire lives. Of course, it is better to start early, but even advanced cases can be treated. And it is better to do so, especially because of this next point.

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6. Left unattended, PTSD has a tendency to spread.

Neglected cases tend to completely hijack a person’s personality and subject them to never-ending cycles of reliving the traumatic event and entering downward spiral. People with PTSD have much greater risks of substance use disorders, suicide, and numerous health problems not seemingly connected with PTSD. They have trouble adjusting to everyday life and communicating with other people — all the same desperately needing their support.

We hope this article will help you understand people with PTSD a little bit better. Remember: if you suffer from it, getting help is not the sign of weakness. And if you know somebody with PTSD, you shouldn’t be discouraged and try to help them nonetheless.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

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Getting naked is often thought of as an act that should only be reserved for intimacy—and even then some get squirmy! Many people are more comfortable believing that the more clothes you are wearing the better. However, getting naked more often can have great benefits for you. Here are 10 great reasons to get naked more often:

1. It burns more fat.

Your body’s main supply of brown adipose tissue (BAT), or good fat cells, are located around your shoulder blades and neck. When your body is exposed to the elements and is cooler, the BAT proliferates and essentially kills the white adipose tissue, aka bad fat cells. So, not wearing any clothes helps promote this and makes you healthier.

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2. You’ll become comfortable with who you are.

Self-acceptance is hard to come by today. Ask anyone you know and see if they are happy with themselves. Chances are they will say they are too fat, not pretty, and find all of the flaws that they can. In reality, others do not see this. They see that you are beautiful. When you begin to get naked, you learn to appreciate your body and realize how beautiful you really are.

3. It saves you money.

Being naked more often saves on buying new clothing since you are wearing nothing a lot of the time. Be careful when you are in public, though—you may have to put on some clothes!

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4. It increases your immune system.

Being naked and getting exposure to the sun’s rays actually increases your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to your immune system. When you have optimal levels of vitamin D, your body’s immune system is impeccable, and you will be better equipped to ward off viruses, including the common cold and flu. So go lay outside naked on your private balcony or in your yard.

5. It makes you face your fears head on.

People cringe today when you mention the words “get naked.” They are so afraid of it—and today’s children are so ingrained with this—that they must wear layer upon layer to deal with their body image. However, when you are naked, you face your fears of body image and self-acceptance, experiencing some of the best moments of your life.

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6. You will feel better in your clothes.

When you do wear clothes (because not everyone has yet accepted being naked in public), you will start to choose clothing that accentuates the parts of your body that you love. You will begin to notice that maybe that muumuu does not flatter your beautiful curves and start wearing clothes that you love.

7. You will embrace vulnerability.

When you put yourself out there, it is a natural reaction to have fear and worry. However, this is an opportunity to embrace being vulnerable. It allows you to think and get down to the core of what really matters and what is of importance to you. When you strip away all of the excess, you are 100% you and willing to take on anything that comes your way.

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8. You will show the world the real you.

Today, we have many ways of altering our appearance from our true body image when we wear clothing. Some people alter their image so much that they fear getting naked with the person they love. It seems crazy that this could even happen; however, the rise in use of breast-enhancing bras and Spanx products has put this idea into people’s minds. This all goes back to being comfortable with your true body image. If a person really does love you, then they should not love you based upon your image. If they do, then you may even decide that the ever-so-uncomfortable leggings that go up above your waist to hold in all of the imperfections may not be worth it after all.

9. You will have fun.

Well, this could go in all sorts of directions. But when you are comfortable with your naked body and see it as being flattering, then life is more fun. You start realizing that you are beautiful and are willing to do more things that you probably would not have done otherwise—with and without your clothes on.

10. You can have intercourse with the lights on.

Many people are self-conscious about the way they look and decide that the less lighting the better when they are intimate with their partner. It’s nothing new. If you survey your best friends, you will probably come to this conclusion too. They may say that it even gets awkward, because they are more concerned with what their partner thinks of their body than just having and enjoying amazing intercourse. When you love the way you look naked, you will also want to have your partner see you at your best.

What are you waiting for? Start spending more time in the buff today and begin to change the way you think about your body.

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