WHAT IS PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.

Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.

HOW PSYCHEDELICS MAY HELP PTSD

Recent studies provide us the benefit of new evidence which shows that psychedelics, when used alongside proper psychotherapy, are incredibly effective in treating PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Sacred BioScience is currently researching and developing modern protocols for evidence-based psychedelic therapies.

TED TALK – WHAT COMES AFTER WAR?

Sebastian Junger has seen war up close, and he knows the impact that battlefield trauma has on soldiers. But he suggests there’s another major cause of pain for veterans when they come home: the experience of leaving the tribal closeness of the military and returning to an alienating and bitterly divided modern society. “Sometimes, we ask ourselves if we can save the vets,” Junger says. “I think the real question is if we can save ourselves.”

Sebastian Junger thundered onto the media landscape with his non-fiction book, The Perfect Storm. A correspondent for Vanity Fair and ABC News, Junger has covered stories all across the globe, igniting a new interest in non-fiction. One of his main interests: war.

From 2007 to 2008, Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington embedded with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan. They spent intensive time with the soldiers at the Restrepo outpost in the Korengal Valley, which saw more combat than any other part of Afghanistan. The experience became Junger’s book WAR, and the documentary “Restrepo,” which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011.

Junger and Hetherington planned to make a second documentary on the topic, “Korengal,” meant to help soldiers and civilians alike understand the fear, courage and complexity involved in combat. It’s a project that Junger decided to carry on after Hetherington was killed in Libya while covering the civil war there. Junger self-financed and released the film.

HIGH-STRESS WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PERSONAL EXPECTATIONS HAVE A REAL COST

For individuals in high-stakes environments, and time-critical professions, time is constantly ticking and failure is never a considered option. This type of mental pressure can be relentless. Whether you know it or not, it takes a measurable toll on your health, both mental and physical.

THE HEALTH COST CAN BE DEVASTATING

PTSD and the stress it brings affects even the most resilient individuals among us. Repetitive exposure to physical danger and trauma can ravage even the strongest mind and body, leading to chronic pain, fatigue, burnout, PTSD, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation.

LEARNING TO RESET

Sacred BioScience takes a researched and personalized, behavior-focused approach to address PTSD. We are developing programs to work with treatment-resistant depression and other psychiatric disorders that are common for those in dangerous and what would historically be considered risky professions. The treatment programs in development are based on assessing your personal values to help you reconnect with yourself and focus on your purpose.