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In your brain, they inflame the amygdala (increasing the intensity of sadness, fear, and anger) and block the hippocampus from laying down memory tracks.

These medications work well to increase sleep and prevent nightmares in people suffering from PTSD.

The dose varies widely between people, so you start low and increase the medication every night until it works.

Hyperarousal is often the first sign of PTSD, and it’s directly linked to activation of the sympathetic nervous system. Arousal Symptoms: 1) Irritable or aggressive behavior 2) Self-destructive or reckless behavior 3) Hyper-vigilance 4) Exaggerated startle response 5) Problems in concentration 6) Sleep disturbance Remember your high school Biology class?

The sympathetic nervous system is the fight or flight part of our autonomic nervous system.

This is exactly what you want if you’re in a life-threatening situation.

But prolonged exposure to those same stress chemicals is harmful to your physical and mental health.

Nerve blocks in this area have been used for years to treat chronic pain due to over-activity in the sympathetic nervous system.

For the last two years this technique has been tested on PTSD patients by Walter Reed Hospital, Duke Anesthesiology, and a private group in Chicago.

It automatically activates when you are faced with a life-threatening situation.

The parasympathetic system is our body’s maintenance system. More specifically, it slows down or shuts off the parasympathetic nervous system and activates the brain, which in turn triggers the release of adrenaline, noradrenalin, and glucocorticoids (stress chemicals).

Treating PTSD quickly can avoid these wounds, since our brain is designed for short bursts from our sympathetic nervous system.