Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can wreak havoc on you or your loved one’s personal relationships, work, and mental wellbeing.
While traditional PTSD treatments (counseling and medication) work for some, many adults will need alternatives to help overcome their PTSD. As we learn more about mental health and PTSD, we’ve found that alternative treatments can be effective in treating this debilitating condition, many without the need for medication.
The following therapies and activities have shown promise as an alternative to PTSD treatment.
Acupuncture has just recently been introduced as a viable option for PTSD, and initial studies show promise.
Acupuncture is a treatment in which thin needles are placed into your skin at strategic points. It is thought that certain points on your body (acupoints) are connected, so stimulating one area may benefit another. This treatment is a traditional Chinese method that The West has only recently started practicing.
Acupuncture is thought to relieve stress and anxiety while boosting mood and positivity. Therefore, it may help alleviate certain symptoms of PTSD.
Practicing creativity—whether painting, playing an instrument, or dancing—is one of the latest alternative treatments for PTSD.
The reason this therapy may work is that it awakens the right side of the brain and encourages connections between the right (feeling) and left (thinking) side. These newly formed connections may help PTSD patients overcome historical thoughts and negative emotions.
TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a therapy in which electromagnetic pulses are targeted at brain cells. This stimulation excites neurons and encourages new connections in the mood regulation center of the brain.
A relatively new treatment for PTSD, TMS has been studied with encouraging results. Because TMS can target specific regions of the brain, it is low risk and non-invasive, and can show results in as little as eight weeks.
Writing, whether stories or memoirs, is another promising treatment for PTSD. Like with art, writing connects the right and left side of the brain to form new connections and stabilize mood.
Journaling can also be a form of self-reflection where your mind can logically recall events. Being able to reflect and think about past times and scribe them may help you better control anxiety and mood changes.
Religious or Spirituality Studies
For some, studying religion or spirituality translates into meaningful connection and centeredness. Whether you revitalize a previous faith or find a new religion to practice, this tactic may reduce the effects of PTSD.
Many of these alternative therapies may be more effective when shared with loved ones or others suffering from PTSD. Receiving support from those in your life is one of the top recommendations for anyone going through treatment.
You or your loved one may benefit from one of the treatments above. If you’re interested in pursuing one or more of these therapies, contact Restorative Brain Clinic.