Over the years of working with patients who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, and other phobias,
I have begun to conclude that so many people do not realize that they are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our survival mechanism works so well that trauma can be buried or even completely disregarded as having contributed to the symptoms one carries far into adulthood. Especially when it comes to victims of sexual, emotional,or physical abuse, the survival mechanism conceals the realization that one is severely suffering from PTSD. Symptoms range from Dissociation Disorder to Digestive Issues to Panic Attacks and beyond. The symptoms, therefore, are not always as important as connecting the dots for each individual with what happened in their past and the affects it is continuing to have on them throughout their life.
In fact, studies have shown that the size of the amygdala, the part of the brain that controls emotions and memory, shrinks after years of living in post traumatic stress. The amygdala consists of two almond-like structures in the medial temporal lobes of the brain responsible for memory, decision-making, and emotional responses like fear, anxiety, and aggression. These studies have also shown that if the amygdala is removed, people will no longer have the ability to feel fear in situations that should stimulate fear. Therefore, when trauma happens, this area of the brain (the amygdala) is signaled, which then activates the brain stem, causing a fight or flight response: anxiety, sweaty palms, adrenaline rush, heart palpitations, etc. may be felt. For those who live in PTSD for a chronic number of years, emotional instability remains (anxiety turning into depression and cycling around over and over again) and memory functions begin to decline. With that, there may be chronic muscle tension and/or pain and inflammation - usually from pent up emotions and cellularly stored trauma in the body causing fibromyalgia. Therefore patients living in this constant inflammation tend to be more prone to getting sick more often.
Needless to say, as a result to the recent "pandemic" causing most of us to be living in a high state of stress, I have found that many are now suffering from PTSD. Because of this, I've developed a supplement called RISE. The carefully chosen ingredients in this supplement aim to support the amygdala back to it's normal size and functions by infusing Lysine, B12, and Theanine. Kava Kava Extract and Magnesium were added to relax the mind, body, and nervous system. And to round out the supplement Phosphatidylserine was added, which balances the stress hormone cortisol, and Selenium acts as an anti-inflammatory and boosts the immune system. Combined, this formula helps overcoming PTSD become a smoother and quicker process.
If you feel you may be struggling with PTSD, whether it stems from past trauma, the current climate, or unknown hurt, the team at Angela Kung Wellness Center would love to help. Book a free consultation, send us an email, or DM us at any time. We are here for you.