Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by an unpleasant traumatic event. The person may have witnessed or had a first-hand experience of the event. Often characterized by nightmares, flashbacks, and acute anxiety, the events triggering PTSD may include a natural disaster, military combat, sexual abuse, or an accident. There is hope and an FDA (Federal Drug Administration) backed study showing evidence that NAD+ IV therapy is one of the BEST solutions in the arsenal against PTSD
When PTSD is triggered in people living with it, their natural flight-and-fight response goes into overdrive. This makes them react like danger is nearby when the surroundings are safe. The National Center for PTSD estimates that 15% of Vietnam War veterans and 12% of Gulf War veterans live with PTSD.
Furthermore, PTSD can occur at any age. PTSD is the result of the neuronal and chemical alterations in the brain following an encounter with a traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD vary from one person to another with differences in frequency and intensity. The manifestations of the symptoms are also different for every PTSD patient. The symptoms are categorized into the following:
- Arousal changes: Outburst of anger, reckless behavior, paranoia, self-harm, self-destructive behaviors.
- Changes in mood and cognition: Pessimism, self-blaming, inability to experience pleasure, reduced positive emotions, disconnection from others.
- Avoidance Symptoms: Avoiding any factor that might trigger the event, staying away from people and places that might bring the event to life, unwillingness to discuss the event.
- Intrusive symptoms: Nightmares, flashbacks to the traumatic event, severe emotional distress.
Management of PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Many authorities in psychology have stated that CBT is the gold standard for psychotherapy. It is a treatment approach that helps a person identify unhealthy thoughts and behavior patterns. CBT helps the patient reflect on traumatic events and change negative thought patterns associated with it.
Drug: The FDA approved Sertraline (Zoloft) and Paxil (Paroxetine) to treat PTSD. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly used for managing PTSD. They work by increasing the serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that conveys messages between the brain and nerves.
This neurotransmitter helps a person have feelings of pleasure and happiness. SSRIs prevent the reabsorption of serotonin by the neurons. Consequently, serotonin levels are elevated within the body.
However, a recent study shows that SSRIs are not effective in the management of combat-related PTSD. Therefore, SSRIs only aims at improving some PTSD symptoms but do not fix the root cause of the condition.
Some alternative means of management have been found to benefit those affected by PTSD. These alternative therapies include:
- NAD+ IV Therapy
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation
- Visualization Exercises
NAD+ IV Therapy for PTSD patients
Recent studies demonstrate that serotonin deficiency isn’t the root cause of PTSD or depression. This makes SSRIs ineffective in many cases of PTSD and depression. Evidence shows that synaptogenesis (formation of new nerve synapses) and neurogenesis (formation and migration of new nerves) are lacking in PTSD patients. Thus, stimulating the generation of new nerves may be the answer to resolving PTSD symptoms. Consequently, neuronal activity will improve.
Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) is a derivative of dietary niacin and serves as a coenzyme. This molecule is actively involved in over 500 biological processes within the human body. Similarly, DNA is located in virtually every cell in the human body, including nerves and brain cells. NAD+ aids in the formation and repair of the DNA molecule, which is an essential component of neuronal cells.
FDA Approved Study on NAD+ IV therapy
An FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved NAD+ IV study highlights the “long lasting and profound” effects of NAD+ IV therapy in combination with amino acid complex. The study, which was carried out on several participants including those recovering from substance abuse, PTSD, depression, sudden uncontrolled outbursts and anxiety, compared brain scans of the patients before and after treatment. The study concludes by touting NAD+ IV Therapy as “the best current solution” to prescription drug abuse, anxiety, depression and post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
NAD+ IV therapy is highly beneficial to PTSD patients as it promotes cellular formation and activity. Similarly, NAD+ IV therapy helps reduce the symptoms of depression and PTSD. There are no adverse side effects when NAD+ IV therapy is administered since it is safe and minimally invasive.
HydraMed’s NAD+ IV therapy is directly infused into the bloodstream, where it is distributed to the cells within the body, and absorbed 100% compared to only 20% via oral consumption. Having multiple sessions of our NAD+ IV therapy will provide an adequate amount of NAD+ to the brain and cells where it is going to work by replenishing and regenerating unhealthy cells.