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The honest answer is that the study of how the mind works and what PTSD is, is in its infancy. The 'professionals' never want to admit this truth and often come out with bizarre treatments.
The major problem with the helping professionals today is that they fail in listening to the patient. They don't listen because they are taught that the patient knows nothing and they know everything.
originally posted by: Mandroid7
I don't advocate that everyone should get high, but the results on a person with PTSD is nothing short of phenomenal.
If your agenda is to get on here and bad mouth that, I gotta ask WHY?
originally posted by: Astrocyte
a reply to: Mandroid7
..because I STUDY trauma.
I work on a daily basis with people with psychological trauma. I - this user you are communicating with - suffered severe PTSD from highschool bullying.
I know the symptoms very deeply. I still sometimes experience them. Whatever the precursor - war, or being beaten by a parent, or persistently shamed in front of others - the brain gets overwhelmed, and the response is PTSD.
Thus, in imagining who I am - based on what I have written - does it seem to you that I am a government agent or something, as you seem to be implying? Or does all my knowledge, expertise, and my own experience of the world, not deserve to be faced without devolving into paranoid thoughts about why I'm writing this.
I'm writing this because getting high is not finding healing. But if that's what you want, ok.
I'm also making the logical point, which you apparently glossed over, that weed can just as easily induce paranoia as it can 'separate' the sufferer from the feelings of anxiety.
The effects of weed, in other words, are extremely dependent on what you believe. If you have a history of negative thinking or paranoia, theres a very good chance the dissociative effects will create worse problems for you rather than help (and this is very well known in the mental health field).
Just as the SSRI's can be influenced by belief (the 30% placebo effect) I imagine this notion that weed helps PTSD may be helping some people.
Nevertheless, it is not a healing, just a bandaid.
I have dealt with the symptoms of PTSD for 13 years
I understand far more about it than you do.
In short, the influence of marijuana for PTSD is grossly exaggerated by weed enthusiasts.
Lenzer refers to a report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "It calculated that in 2011 prescription drugs were associated with two to four million people in the US experiencing 'serious, disabling, or fatal injuries, including 128,000 deaths.'"
The report called this "one of the most significant perils to humans resulting from human activity."
Jeanne Lenzer. British Medical Journal, June 7, 2012 (BMJ 2012:344:e3989).