Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder brought on by a traumatic life-altering event. Those with PTSD will likely experience flashbacks and disturbing images of the traumatic event, and experience elevated anxiety levels, depression, and mood swings.
PTSD was named a disorder after a large portion of soldiers returned home from the Vietnam War and experienced debilitating mental health symptoms from the trauma they experienced overseas. Approximately 9% of the population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, making it extremely common.
Treatments usually involve therapy, and medications like SSRI’s and other antidepressants are commonly prescribed. Most PTSD sufferers don’t seek professional treatment and ultimately go on to suffer for decades.
Weighted blankets have been found to help people relax during times of stress. In addition to regular treatment, a Dreamhug™ weighted blanket may help PTSD sufferers calm down during periods of anxiety, and help them get to sleep faster. The heavy weight of the blanket feels like a loving hug, while releasing serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin into the body. This can help the sufferer calm down during times of agitation and anxiety.