Updated: Jun 10
Receiving a traumatic health diagnosis can be a life-changing event that affects not only physical health but mental well-being as well. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience short term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic health diagnosis.
The experience of receiving a traumatic health diagnosis can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of helplessness and loss of control. This can trigger the development of PTSD symptoms. Individuals may have recurrent distressing thoughts about their diagnosis, such as worries about the future, fear of death, or concerns about the impact on their loved ones. These thoughts can be intrusive and difficult to control, leading to increased anxiety and distress.
Avoidance behaviors are also common, making people avoid medical appointments or treatments, or they may avoid activities that remind them of their diagnosis. Avoidance behaviors can lead to isolation and further exacerbate feelings of helplessness and depression.
Hyperarousal symptoms, such as increased irritability, difficulty sleeping, and hypervigilance, are also common in individuals who have received a long term health diagnosis. These symptoms can affect daily functioning and quality of life, making it difficult to manage work responsibilities or engage in social activities.
It is important for individuals who experience any of these symptoms to seek support from mental health professionals to manage these feelings.
Natural Treatments for PTSD
Mindfulness Meditation. This practice involves focusing on the present moment and accepting thoughts and feelings without judgment. Studies have shown that meditation can decrease symptoms of PTSD, such as anxiety and depression, and improve overall quality of life. It may also increase brain activity in areas related to emotional regulation and decrease activity in areas related to fear response. Try this 15 minute mindful meditation to bring calm to your day
Acupuncture. This traditional Chinese medicine technique involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate healing. Research has suggested that acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of PTSD, including insomnia and hyperarousal. It may also help regulate the nervous system and promote relaxation.
Exercise is another great natural treatment option for PTSD. Physical activity has been shown to release endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters, and help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Additionally, exercise can help individuals with PTSD regain a sense of control over their bodies and their lives.
Spending time in nature can be a helpful natural treatment. Research has shown that spending time in green spaces can lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and improve mood. Being in nature can also provide a sense of peace and calmness that may be difficult to find in other environments.
It is important to remember that while natural treatments for PTSD can be effective for some individuals, they are not a substitute for professional medical care. If you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it is important to speak with a mental health professional who can help develop an individualized treatment plan.
If you are experiencing difficulty accepting or living with your diagnosis check out our practitioner guide to find the right person to help you bring balance to your health and life.