PTSD Patients in Texas Waiting for Marijuana Should Seek other Treatments

September 17, 2018
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In 23 states, medical marijuana is allowed for treatment of post traumati stress disorder (PTSD). Texas is not on that list. State Senator José Menédez from San Antonio filed bill 269 in 2017 , hoping to help make medicinal marijuana available in Texas, just like many other prescription drugs on the market. (Durain, Leah. March 23, 2017. Veteran pushes pot for PTSD treatment. 12newsnow.com)

No hearings are scheduled for that legislation in Texas for now. So patients dealing with the symptoms of PTSD must still rely on the following traditional treatments and therapies.

Treatments & Therapies for PTSD

  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)
    (December 7, 2017 Medications for PTSD. va.gov)

It is normal to have stress reactions after a traumatic event. Your emotions and behavior can change in ways that are upsetting to you. Even though most people have stress reactions following a trauma, they get better in time. But, you should seek help if symptoms:

  • Last longer than three months
  • Cause you great distress
  • Disrupt your work or home life

There are four types of Symptoms of PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Reliving the traumatic event
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
  • Negative changes in beliefs and feelings
  • Feeling keyed up
    August 13, 2015. Symptoms of PTSD va.gov)

PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event. But for some people, they may not happen until months or years after the trauma. Symptoms may come and go over many years. So, you should keep track of your symptoms and talk to someone you trust about them.

If you have symptoms that last longer than four weeks, cause you great distress, or disrupt your work or home life, you probably have PTSD.

If you or someone you know have questions about symptoms of and treatment for PTSD , send us an email through our contact form or call our office.

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