Free Trauma Education Group

At SOHOMD would like to thank all of our frontline support workers, triage workers, and the many of you who chose to share their difficult stories with us. We hope we gave you a safe space to come and share. Our free support groups have come to an end for now. We will be offering support in new ways in the near future. In the meantime, if you feel concerned about symptoms you may be experiencing please reach out to us to schedule an appointment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms worsen, last for at least a month, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD. Effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.


Tonie Schmitteckert and Robin Kempner Talk About PTSD

Best Practices

The Hypothalamus Pituitary Axis & Adrenal Profile Current best practices for trauma related symptoms involve looking at the hypothalamus-pituitary-axis which engages the "flight or flight" response to any perceived danger. It also involves looking at significant imprinting that goes on, where the memory of the emotional intense scenario is heavily encoded in the patient's memory and/ or their body. In terms of treatment, it is possible to look at the adrenal profile to see if the adrenal glands are functioning as expected. There might be too much cortisol being produced with an acute stressor or too little cortisol after prolonged exposure, when adrenal fatigue sets in. Signs of too much cortisol is the wired and tired feeling. The too little cortisol is the chronic fatigue feeling.

Adaptogens & Beta Blockers

Solution on the HPA axis involves adaptogens to support adrenal functioning. phosphatidylserine can be taken to lower the cortisol at certains times of the day when it is higher than expected. Licorice and other adaptogens like ashwagandha can be taken to help support adrenal function when the person has gotten to a state or lower cortisol production.   In terms of the traumatic memory, the first step is making an effort to decrease that imprinting. Beta blockers can be used early after exposure to decrease the racing heart rate and the imprinting process. This is when it is also important to treat any other underlying mental health issues the person might be experiencing. The stress will bring out whatever else is going on. That means that any mood, anxiety or psychotic symptom that was not there before might sudden start in response to the stress. Working to stabilize the biology is critically important to help stabilize the patient.

All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.