Veterans and psilocybin therapy for PTSD? Veterans with PTSD face many challenges, including difficulty managing their symptoms. They may have strained relationships with loved ones, and feelings of isolation and hopelessness.
So many Veterans are turning to an unconventional therapy that has been shown to help with these symptoms – psilocybin therapy.
In this article, we’ll look at the research behind this therapy, how it works, and the potential benefits it can offer Veterans with PTSD.
WHAT IS PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a mental health disorder that can develop after someone goes through or witnesses trauma. Symptoms of PTSD can include intrusive memories of the traumatic event, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, and more. Many people with PTSD also experience depression and substance abuse.
WHAT IS PSILOCYBIN THERAPY?
Mushroom therapy, also known as psilocybin therapy, is a potential treatment for PTSD that uses psilocybin to help Veterans cope with PTSD.
Research has shown that psilocybin (sometimes called magic mushrooms), may potentially help these symptoms. It also might improve emotional processing and overall quality of life for those with PTSD.
HOW DOES PSILOCYBIN THERAPY WORK?
The active compound in mushrooms is called psilocybin. It is thought to work by altering the activity of serotonin receptors in the brain.
These receptors are involved in mood regulation, and studies have shown that psilocybin can help reduce symptoms of PTSD.
Although more research is needed to fully understand how psilocybin therapy can help Veterans with PTSD, early results are promising
Keep reading to learn more about the research behind this innovative treatment, as well as the potential benefits it can offer to Veterans with PTSD.
HAS ANY RESEARCH BEEN DONE ON PSILOCYBIN AND PTSD?
The research on psilocybin and PTSD is still relatively new, but it has shown some very promising results.
In a study published in 2017, researchers at Johns Hopkins University looked at the effects of psilocybin on Veterans with PTSD and found that those who received therapy along with the psilocybin, saw significant improvements in their symptoms.
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF PSILOCYBIN FOR PTSD?
There are many potential benefits to psilocybin, especially for those with PTSD. Some of these potential benefits include:
- Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Improved emotional processing
- Increased sense of well-being and quality of life
- Benefits include reduced feelings of anxiety and depression, improved emotional processing, and an increased sense of well-being and quality of life.
WHAT ARE SOME POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF PSILOCYBIN FOR PTSD?
Although psilocybin therapy is safe and well-tolerated in most people, there are some possible side effects. These may include nausea, dizziness, and changes in thought processes.
HOW MANY VETERANS SUFFER FROM MENTAL DISORDERS?
According to recent estimates, approximately 20% of Veterans have some form of mental illness, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, or substance abuse disorders.
Mental illness is a serious problem for Veterans, and many struggle to receive the treatment they need. Treatments like psilocybin therapy can potentially help a large number of Veterans coping with mental illness.
WHAT CAN TRIGGER PTSD IN A VETERAN?
Many things can trigger PTSD in a Veteran. Some of these triggers include:
- witnessing or experiencing trauma or traumatic experience
- feeling powerless or helpless
- experiencing a lack of social support
- feeling disconnected from others
Veterans with PTSD should be aware of their triggers and have a plan in place to deal with them. Mushroom therapy can potentially help Veterans manage their symptoms.
WHERE CAN VETERANS GET INFORMATION ON PSILOCYBINS FOR PTSD?
Veterans with questions about psilocybin therapy and PTSD can talk to their doctor or mental health professional.
Veterans For Healing Global provides access to medical experts who are able to work with you in personalized assessments and medical prescriptions.
HOW OFTEN DOES VA RE-EVALUATE PTSD??
The VA will typically reevaluate a Veteran’s PTSD every one to three years. However, if a Veteran’s symptoms change or worsen, the VA may do an earlier evaluation.
If you are a Veteran with PTSD, it is important to keep track of your symptoms and how they change over time. This can help you and your doctor determine if psilocybin therapy is right for you.
We hope you found this article helpful and are now feeling more informed about the potential benefits of psilocybin therapy.
Are you a Veteran yourself and interested in trying this therapy? Contact VFHG today to learn more about how it can potentially help you manage your symptoms.