PTSD Specialist

Green Leaf MD

Medical Marijuana Certifying Doctors located in Springfield, MO

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) used to be a condition only associated with combat veterans, but the mental health condition can affect anyone. It’s estimated that one out of every 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD at some point during their lifetime. PTSD treatment may include psychotherapy and medication. However, medical marijuana may also alleviate PTSD symptoms. Green Leaf MD in Springfield, Missouri, includes medical marijuana certifying doctor Shawn Stranckmeyer, MD, who can determine if you would benefit from the alternative therapy. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

PTSD

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that develops after you experience a scary or traumatic event. It’s not unusual to feel a heightened sense of anxiety or fear after a traumatic event. However, with PTSD, the symptoms you experience may interfere with your daily life. 

Though not everyone who goes through a stressful event develops PTSD, you may be at greater risk if the trauma you experienced is ongoing, the trauma occurred during childhood, or you have an underlying mental health condition such as depression. Not having a good support system after going through a terrifying event may also increase your risk of PTSD.

What are PTSD symptoms?

PTSD symptoms are categorized into four main types. These types include:

Intrusive memories

Flashbacks and nightmares are symptoms of intrusive memories. 

Avoidance

Not wanting to talk about the event or avoiding places or people that remind you of the trauma are considered avoidance symptoms of PTSD.

Negative thoughts and mood

Negative thoughts and mood symptoms of PTSD may include feelings of hopelessness, negative thoughts about yourself, or feelings of detachment from friends or family. 

Alteration in physical or emotional reactions

Being easily startled, feeling as if you’re always on-guard, angry outbursts, and difficulty sleeping are common symptoms of alteration in physical or emotional reactions.

These symptoms generally develop within a month after the traumatic event. However, it’s not uncommon for PTSD symptoms to occur years after your trauma. Your PTSD symptoms can also vary over time in both type and severity. 

How is PTSD treated?

Psychotherapy is the primary treatment for PTSD. This may include various methods that help you feel more in control over your life and emotions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure therapy. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications may also be prescribed to help control symptoms. You may also benefit from prazosin, which is a prescription medication that may help reduce your nightmares.

The experienced team at Green Leaf MD can also talk to you about the use of alternative therapies to help manage your PTSD symptoms, including medical marijuana.

Am I a good candidate for medical marijuana?

The specialists at Green Leaf MD determine if you’re a good candidate for medical marijuana during your consultation. PTSD is one of the qualifying conditions for the use of medical marijuana in the state of Missouri, and you may be considered a good candidate if your PTSD symptoms are debilitating. 

To schedule a consultation with the specialists at Green Leaf MD, call the office or use the online booking tool today.