PTSD

Gedde Whole Health LLC

Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD

Alternative Medicine Physician & Medical Cannabis Physician located in Buena Vista, CO

An estimated eight million people in the United States suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects everyone differently, and no single treatment works for everyone. Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, at Gedde Whole Health LLC in Buena Vista and Colorado Springs, Colorado, takes an alternative approach to the management of PTSD with cannabis and can design a non-pharmaceutical plan to help you get relief from your PTSD symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that develops after a terrifying event. It’s not abnormal to have a difficult time recovering from a traumatic experience, but with support and self-care, most people can recover. However, for some, the terrifying experience can have long-term effects that interfere with daily life. 

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD symptoms most often interfere with your ability to maintain your responsibilities, which may affect your ability to work and your personal and professional relationships. The symptoms usually develop within a month of the event, but for some people, the symptoms may show up years after the traumatic experience.

There are four types of PTSD symptoms:

Intrusive memories

With intrusive memories, you may continue to experience unwanted memories of the event or relive the event (flashbacks). 

Avoidance

Not wanting to talk about the event or avoiding people, places, or activities that remind you of the event are avoidance symptoms.

Negative thinking and changes in mood

PTSD can also create negative thinking and cause you to feel hopeless. 

Alterations in physical or emotional reactions

Alterations in physical or emotional reaction symptoms include difficulty concentrating or sleeping, always feeling frightened, or engaging in any reckless activity. 

PTSD symptoms vary from person to person in both type and severity. 

How is PTSD treated?

PTSD treatment usually includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy. However, because PTSD affects everyone differently, no single treatment works for all, and you may need to try many treatments until you find the combination that helps. 

How can alternative therapies like medical cannabis help my PTSD?

At Gedde Whole Health LLC, Dr. Gedde offers alternative therapies for the management of PTSD, focusing on medical cannabis. The cannabinoids in cannabis act in the human body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the system in your body that helps maintain homeostasis. 

To better understand your health needs, Dr. Gedde requests that you bring in a copy of your medical records to your consultation so she can better understand your condition. During the evaluation, she reviews your medical history, discusses your past cannabis use, and completes a focused physical exam.

Dr. Gedde then creates your individualized treatment plan, including the cannabis options and the appropriate dose that has the best potential for relieving your symptoms and supporting your other treatments. She provides you with written instructions on how to proceed and offers telephone follow-ups as needed to adjust your treatment plan, so you get the most health benefits. 

For an alternative approach to the management of your PTSD, call Gedde Whole Health LLC or use the online booking button.