Trauma-related stress: What happens when neuro/endo/immune soldiers are still on active duty?

Many service members will suffer from this invisible illness. I have often thought that neurotransmitter testing would greatly benefit soldiers with PTSD. Autoimmune patients make dramatic turn-arounds in their health after restoring neurotransmitter balance. Unfortunately, most doctors do not understand the impact a neurotransmitter imbalance has on the body.

With time, PTSD can evolve into Cytokine Induced Sickness Behavior. I struggle to explain this to my patients because there is no easy answer. My latest rendition is this.

There are two types of neurotransmitters – inhibitory and excitatory. Think of inhibitory like the off switch or the brakes on a car. The excitatory are the on switch or the gas pedal. The next time you drive your car, you will have to start it up and as you drive the gas pedal is pressed speeding the car up. There are times when the brakes will be used to slow you down or make you stop. In traffic, the gas pedal is used to keep the car at a continuous speed. Then at the end of the day, you have to put the car in park over night. You expect it to stay there over night.

The stress of life is like driving through the mountains. There are ups and downs. Driving down the mountain is getting caught up in the stress of life. You are going to use the brakes to keep from going out of control. If the stress is greater than your ability to recover and recharge. The brakes will burn out. This is where PTSD or Cytokine Induced Sickness Behavior occurs.

We all use electronic gadgets. Using my laptop as an example. It has a battery that should allow it to run for several hours before recharging. It will not run 3 minutes without a power source (coffee, adrenal support, etc). Your neurotransmitters should recharge over-night so you have them available through the course of the next day. Failure to do so results in invisible illnesses, PTSK or Cytokine Induced Sickness Behavior.

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What is PTSD?

We’ve all heard the reports of soldiers and/or veterans coming back from active duty suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but what does that entail?  PTSD can occur after someone has been through a traumatic or life-threatening event.  This could include soldiercombat exposure, physical or sexual abuse/assault, serious accidents (i.e. vehicular accidents), or natural disasters (i.e. flood, earthquake, fire, tornado).

Diagnostic criteria for PTSD includes previous exposure to a traumatic event and symptoms from each of the following four categories lasting longer than one month and resulting in clinically significant distress or impairment.

Four symptom types of PTSD from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-IV:

  1. Re-experiencing: Flashbacks of the event in memories or dreams.
  2. Avoidance: Avoiding situations or people that trigger memories of the event as well as avoiding talking or thinking about the event.
  3. Numbing: Difficulty expressing feelings or disinterest in previously enjoyed activities.
  4. Hyperarousal: Feeling…

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