A Better and Safer Way to Treat PTSD
It’s not news to anyone in the military community that many of our honorable veterans return from active service suffering. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a serious condition that many suffer in silence from. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious and devastating condition resulting from emotional and/or physical trauma. Approximately 30% of soldiers who have served in war zones are later diagnosed with PTSD. The treatment for their suffering, which can last for years, is typically limited to counseling and use of prescription drugs. Symptoms of PTSD include difficulty sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, mental exhaustion and significant emotional distress anytime the victim is reminded of the traumatic event(s). The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 20 American military veterans per day commit suicide because of PTSD. Moreover, PTSD is not limited to the military population. In fact, it is estimated that 5.2 million people in the United States are currently suffering from this debilitating condition.
Standard clinical protocol in V.A. hospitals across the nation for treating PTSD include long-term prescriptions of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) or Serotonin & Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs). Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Effexor are examples of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants for PTSD and related conditions, such as depression and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Some doctors may also prescribe other types of antidepressants, like Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors, Antipsychotics, Beta-blockers, or Benzodiazepines if SSRIs and SNRIs prove ineffective.
The central issue with all these medications is that they do not fundamentally address the root of the problem. They rarely resolve the disorder, but rather, numb the individual of the suffering by temporarily masking his/her symptoms. All of these drugs come with a laundry list of unpleasant and/or dangerous side effects. These can include drowsiness, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhea, vision problems, headaches, heart palpitations, erectile dysfunction, and suicidal thoughts.
A New Solution
Fortunately, a new and effective alternative method of treatment is available. Rather than masking the problem with drugs, some PTSD patients have discovered something that works better than antidepressants. The bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is infinitely safer in addition to being more effective.
The brain controls the production of hormones, and many of the symptoms of PTSD are amplified by low testosterone. Chronic anxiety and depression have been proven to lower natural hormone levels, and low levels of hormones can trigger more anxiety and depression.These two conditions, sadly, worsen over time in a negative feedback loop. Simply balancing a person’s testosterone, estrogen and progesterone back to normal levels can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of PTSD. Which allows him or her to return to a healthy, vibrant life. It is a safe, proven and effective solution.
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are created from vegetables or plants, such as yams or soy. They are formulated to replace your natural hormones with an identical chemical structure. In fact, the body cannot distinguish them from the biological hormones it already produces. Because of their purity, bio-identical hormones do not cause the same unpleasant and dangerous side effects as synthetic hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are administered in the form of tiny subcutaneous pellets that are inserted underneath the skin, using an anesthetic, every three to four months. The BHRT pellets are placed in the upper part of the buttocks and slowly dissolve over time, which mimics the gradual secretion of the body’s natural hormones.
In addition to the reduction or elimination of the symptoms of PTSD, patients on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy experience a number of other benefits. These include: improved strength, higher bone density, development of lean muscle mass, lower cholesterol levels, deeper sleep, greater concentration, higher levels of energy, a heightened interest in sex, and an overall sense of well-being.
Dr. Gregory Brannon Provides Solutions
As a medical doctor and an expert in anti-aging medicine, I have helped thousands of men and women regain their health and happiness through the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. For the past 7 years, my team and I have been doing pellet therapy in my North Carolina BHRT offices, and the results have been phenomenal. I have had the pleasure of advising military men and women, many of whom have become my patients. It is a joy and a privilege for me to be able to restore the strength, vitality, and emotional and physical well-being of those who have made the sacrifice of serving in our armed forces.
If you would like to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of PTSD, depression, TBI, or other adverse health conditions, please visit our website at optimalbio.com.
I look forward to scheduling a consultation with you and answering any questions you may have one-on-one.
Dr. Gregory Brannon, M.D.