Switching Gears-PTSD

Elan Family Wellness Centre's Theme for July is Switching Gears.  I hope you enjoy Dr. Adrienne Perkins' post on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Dr Adrienne is an Acupuncturist with Elan. 

In light of recent events, the theme “switching gears” brings to my mind the idea of phasing from “fight or flight”, trauma and fear to the need for stress reduction, stress management and calm.

Our city has just experienced an extremely stressful event and everyone has been affected in different ways. This article is for those who feel overwhelmed, who are having a difficult time coping and who may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD can develop following a traumatic event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable.

PTSD can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.

PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.

As you may or may not know, acupuncture can be a very powerful tool in helping reduce the effects of PTSD by helping the body to re-regulate itself from the effects of stress. In turn, this allows the individual to focus on their activities and enable them to deal with daily events. The treatment is simple and can even be done in a group setting.

Please contact Dr. Adrienne if you have any questions about acupuncture or affordability.


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