Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder caused by experiencing a life threatening, terrifying, or traumatic event. Examples of events that may cause PTSD includes physical or sexual assault, catastrophic accidents, military combat experiences, unexpected deaths, and natural disasters. The person who develops PTSD either experienced the event first hand or witnessed another person experience harm. When a person is in danger, the brain naturally creates a “fight or flight” response in order to help protect people from potential harm. However, if a person has PTSD, their “fight or flight” response has been damaged, causing unnecessary feelings of stress and/or fright despite not being in danger. PTSD can occur at any age for both men and women, although women are more likely to develop the condition.
Women’s Health Week 2020, is taking place this week of May. While mental illness affects millions all over the world, women are three times more likely to be diagnosed with mental illness. While the reason for this is still vastly unknown, some ideas include possible trauma or hardship related to gender discrimination. Some of the mental illness issues that women are experiencing regularly are listed below.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that affects about 3% of the population. Identified by episodes of unusually intense depressive moods countered by extremely elevated, amplified moods at equal intensity, bipolar disorder has one of the highest risks for suicide. Although the cause of bipolar disorder has not been completely identified, most doctors agree that bipolar likely stems from genetics in combination with environmental factors and/or is triggered by traumatic life events or experiences. Some people with bipolar begin experiencing symptoms in their childhood years, but most often, symptoms of bipolar appear during the late teen years, as at least half of bipolar cases begin before the age of 25.
When I first trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), I was so impressed with the effectiveness of the technique, I said, “Wow, now we have Penicillin!”, meaning, now we have a methodology as effective as Penicillin for psychotherapy. EMDR has been shown through research to facilitate the movement of memory from the areas of current memory to the areas of past memory in the brain. This is powerful because traumas, conclusions, and feelings reside in current memory and jump out, interfering with our functioning intermittently or on an ongoing basis. This can be improved or corrected.
The BAUD (Bio Acoustical Utilization Device) is a small device that utilizes sound to enhance brain function by effectively stimulating neuroplasticity which produces lasting change to the brain and eliminates symptoms of both neurological and psychological issues. During a BAUD treatment session, the patient listens to specially designed sound frequencies that allow the brain to create new habits of brainwave activity, alleviating symptoms of anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, chronic pain, addiction, cravings, and more. Even some physical symptoms may be effectively eliminated because they actually initiate in the brain even though they may be felt in the body.