PTSD Tied to Insomnia Heart Disease Weight Gain
(Image source:Â NBC) BY BRIAN BONDUS â€¨June is PostTraumatic Stress DisorderAwareness Month, and theÂ Department of Veterans AffairsÂ is working to raise awareness ofthe condition. The organization is encouraging people to learn more about PTSD and has helpfultips for the diagnosis and treatment. According to theÂ National Institute of MentalHealth, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can cause a person to experience flashbacks, baddreams and frightening thoughts when they're not in real danger.
And the condition is growing.Â KNSDÂ reportedin 2011, 22,000 active duty service members were ized for mental health issues.That's a 19 percent increase from 2010. PTSD can cause an array of problems. Sleepdisorders can be a common symptom seen in PTSD patients.Â MedPage TodayÂ reports 92percent of patients with PTSD experience sleep disturbances, including nightmares, insomniaor both. And an article in the journalÂ SleepÂ reportsmany of these disorders stem from traumatic brain injuries. Â The article says the moretraumatic brain injuries a soldier experiences, the more severe the disturbances become.
CBSÂ reports PTSD doesn't only affect sleephabits, but it's also affecting military members' chances of developing heart disease. By studying veterans, researchers found thatmilitary members with PTSD have twice the risk of heart disease compared to soldierswithout the condition. quot;This study provides further evidence thatPTSD may affect physical health.quot; And it looks like PTSD can even affect a person'sweight. According to theÂ Medicine Garden, PTSD can cause high cortisol levels, a hormonethat helps deal with stress. A symptom of high cortisol levels is weight gain.
TheÂ PTSD DiaryÂ blogs about two people inlove dealing with PTSD. This year the two made their New Year's resolution to get theirweight under control. The couple is doing Weight Watchers online.â€¨When most people hear PTSD, they usually associate it with military personnel, butanyone who has experienced a traumatic event in their life can suffer from the condition.