Could it be PTSD?
Some signs that might help you decide.
• Sleep disturbances
• Intrusive, negative thoughts
• Anger and irritability
• Intense fear
• Emotional numbness
• Startle responses
• Trouble with memory or concentration
At times you may feel out of control because you feel as though you can’t get a handle on your emotions. This isnt a sign of weakness. It occurs because traumatic stress literally changes your brain.
Stress hormones change the communication circuits in the nervous system, including the hippocampus, which is involved in verbal declarative memory. Intense stress can affect learning. Traumatic experiences can also destroy brain cells and prevent the generation of new neurons.
Some people with PTSD have lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, on a regular basis. However, their cortisol response to stress is exaggerated, making them have intense reactions to triggers.
There are many neuronal circuits involved in expressing emotions and managing fear. Certain types of conditioning can change those circuits.
In many studies, humans or animals are conditioned to feel fear when they are shocked after touching a neutral object, such as a box. After this happens, they’ll show signs of anxiety whenever they see the box. They can be conditioned to stop feeling nervous if they stop getting shocked when they touch the box. This can take time, but it reflects the fact that your brain circuitry can be re-wired, so to speak. If you have a bad memory of an environment, it really does change things up in your mind if you persist and revisit and create new “good” or “neutral “ memories of the exact same environment. A "re-do" if you will.
People with PTSD experience changes to their neuronal circuitry that prevent fear conditioning to be released. That’s one reason that exposure to distressing reminders of the trauma can continue to cause an increase in PTSD symptoms.
Cannabinoids and the PTSD Brain
We know that cbd can be an option for treating PTSD. (At welldoublell, after sleep disorders, the next biggest group that consistently use our cbd are those that are suffering with PTSD.)
As scientists have looked into the cause of PTSD they’ve noticed that symptoms are produced by changes in the way that emotional memories are processed. Effective treatment should block the intensified association and retrieval of traumatic memories, enhance the extermination of those memories and diminish anxiety. Because the endocannabinoid system regulates emotions and contributes to the consolidation, recovery and elimination of memories, it might serve as a potential target for PTSD treatment.
The wide range of symptoms associated with PTSD point to the involvement of neurotransmitter systems. CBD acts on some of these systems and may be able to help the cognitive and affective issues that characterize PTSD.
The endocannabinoid system consists of:
• CB1 and CB2 receptors
• enzymes that produce and destroy endocannabinoids
Cannabinoid receptors are spread throughout the central nervous system. They’re found in the same areas of the brain that display changes in patients with PTSD. Endocannabinoids regulate emotional behavior and mental functions CB1 receptors are associated with processes that control neural communication. CB2 receptors are mostly linked with immune responses.
The involvement of the endocannabinoid system in PTSD could explain why women are more likely to develop PTSD than men. Woman acrually have a higher density of CB1 receptors.
When the endocannabinoid system operates properly, it helps you stay emotionally balanced. However, it can be influenced by a variety of factors, including events that happen to you or substances that you take. Administering exogenous cannabinoids, such as CBD, may restore certain processes that become maladaptive in people with PTSD.
PTSD can effect anyone. If you think you have it you can talk to a mental health care professional and you could do some research on CBD and see if it sounds right for you. People often have an almost instinctive reaction to what they feel may or may not work for them.
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