When you think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), you most likely think of war veterans who have seen combat, and sadly come home never quiet the same. As described by the National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD develops after an individual has been exposed to physical harm or the threat of physical harm.
Fear is a natural response, and is necessary to survival. It triggers the body to go into flight or fight mode – you get a rush of adrenaline, your heart is able to pump more blood throughout your body, and your lungs are more easily filled with air. When this natural response is over stimulated by a traumatic event, or a series of traumatic events where you fear for your life, the brain and body chemistry can be thrown off.
This causes the flight or fight response to occur, even when there is no threat. Something could also happen that triggers the brain to perceive a threat – common triggers can be loud noises, bright flashes of lights or fast sudden movements. PTSD doesn't only happen to combat veterans, it can happen to abuse victims, or those who have experienced a natural or man made disaster.
Those who experience PTSD are often treated with anti-anxiety medications and therapy. Some patients symptoms are much more severe than others, and these treatments only help a little. Some patients with PTSD are prone to drug use and alcohol addiction, as well as depression and suicide.
Many recent combat veterans have come back and are experiencing severe PTSD. This has come to the attention of many medical professions, so much that some states are passing laws to guarantee free oxygen therapy to veterans who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is due to the recognition that oxygen therapy can help to reduce the severity of PTSD. Oxygen therapy being used to treat PTSD isn't actually a new thing. Medical professionals have been using it for years, but it's only very recently that it's become more widely used.
How can oxygen therapy help those with PTSD? When there has been some kind of trauma to the body, it can't process oxygen as well as it could before. This is especially true for the brain. The brain uses more oxygen out of all the organs in the body. When the brain has been changed, it can't process oxygen, which will make thought processes and other important brain functions much more difficult.
When more oxygen is introduced, such as the case with oxygen therapy, the brain can then function much better. Oxygen and blood flow are able to increase dramatically, and used on a regular basis, it can reduce the severity and even most of the symptoms of PTSD. If you have severe PTSD and have been prescribed oxygen therapy, you should be able to get a portable concentrator, so you can receive your oxygen while you exercise, or when you leave the house.