Why Unresolved PTSD is Keeping You from Optimal Wellness

Why Unresolved PTSD is Keeping You from Optimal Wellness

PTSD and your wellness

If you’ve been feeling off and can’t quite put your finger on why, it might be worth considering if unresolved PTSD is playing a role. PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, isn’t just something that affects your mind—it can have far-reaching impacts on your entire body and overall health. Here at Brookview Wellness, we understand how deeply PTSD can influence your life, and we’re here to help you navigate through it. Let’s get into what PTSD is, how it affects your health, and how we can help you heal and thrive.

Understanding PTSD

PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, develops after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. These events can include accidents, natural disasters, personal assaults, or combat situations. PTSD can manifest through a variety of symptoms that significantly impact daily life and overall well-being.

Symptoms of PTSD

Intrusive Memories: This includes recurrent, unwanted, distressing memories of the traumatic event. Flashbacks and nightmares are common, causing individuals to relive the trauma repeatedly. These intrusive thoughts can disrupt daily activities and sleep patterns.

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Avoidance: People with PTSD often avoid places, people, or activities that remind them of the traumatic event. This can lead to significant changes in daily routines and limit social interactions and experiences.

Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood: This can involve persistent negative thoughts about yourself or others. It also presents as feelings of hopelessness, emotional numbness, and difficulty experiencing positive emotions. You might feel detached from friends and family and lose interest in activities you once enjoyed.

Altered Reactivity and Arousal: You may exhibit hypervigilance, be easily startled, feel tense or “on edge,” and have difficulty sleeping. This heightened state of arousal can lead to irritability, anger outbursts, and trouble concentrating.

Why It Matters

Understanding and addressing these symptoms is important because of how deeply PTSD can affect an individual’s life. The constant stress and anxiety can lead to a cycle of worsening mental and physical health. It’s not just about the mind; the body suffers, too. Chronic stress from PTSD can lead to issues that manifest physically, creating a barrier to overall wellness.

Here are just a handful of the ways PTSD can affect your wellness:

Mental and Physical Health Effects of PTSD

  • Anxiety and Depression: PTSD often brings persistent stress that can evolve into anxiety and depression. These conditions make it difficult to enjoy life, manage daily tasks, and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Substance Abuse: Some people with PTSD turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism, which can lead to addiction and further complicate their health and well-being.
  • Cardiovascular Issues: Chronic stress from PTSD can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease. The constant state of heightened alertness puts extra strain on your heart.
  • Digestive Problems: Stress can wreak havoc on your digestive system, leading to conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other gastrointestinal issues.
  • Immune Suppression: Continuous stress weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to infections and illnesses.
  • Chronic Pain: PTSD can exacerbate chronic pain conditions, creating a cycle where pain increases stress and stress increases pain, making it difficult to break free from the discomfort.

Pathways to Healing

Healing from PTSD requires a comprehensive approach that addresses both the mind and body. At Brookview Wellness, we offer a range of services designed to support this healing journey. Functional Medicine helps uncover and treat the root causes of health issues. Nutritional support is vital to healing; proper nutrition can stabilize your mood and improve overall health. Detoxification processes rid your body of harmful toxins that may affect brain function while balancing hormones disrupted by chronic stress can restore overall equilibrium.

Healing from PTSD

Chiropractic care is another vital component, helping to alleviate physical symptoms such as chronic pain and improving sleep quality, often disrupted by PTSD. Our massage therapists can release muscle tension caused by stress and promote relaxation, activating the body’s natural calming mechanisms. Acupuncture has been shown to regulate the nervous system, reduce anxiety, and improve mood by promoting the release of endorphins.

Beyond the services we offer, there are additional strategies you can incorporate into your daily life to aid in your healing journey. Regular physical activity can be incredibly beneficial, as exercise helps reduce stress, improve mood, and boost overall physical health. Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and yoga, can also be powerful tools in managing PTSD symptoms, helping to center the mind and reduce anxiety.

Engaging in creative activities like art, music, or writing can provide an emotional outlet and aid in processing trauma. Building a strong support network is important, and connecting with friends, family, or support groups can offer emotional support and reduce feelings of isolation. Therapy is essential, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) or Brainspotting therapy can be particularly effective for PTSD.

It’s also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by ensuring you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, and avoid substances like alcohol and drugs that can exacerbate symptoms. Practicing self-care and setting aside time for activities you enjoy can also play a significant role in your recovery.

Unresolved PTSD can significantly impede your journey to optimal wellness. We believe in addressing both the mental and physical aspects of PTSD to provide comprehensive healing. By treating the root causes and symptoms holistically, we help you restore balance and reclaim your health.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice or for use in diagnosis or treatment.