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Research on HBOT benefits for TBI and PTSD


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a mental condition that develops after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic or terrifying event (war, accident, rape, or act of terrorism or other threating situations in life). Symptoms may include hyperarousal, flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event, seclusion, and fear. Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but may not have PTSD, with time and good self-care and they usually get better.

But if the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere with daily functioning, you may have PTSD. These traumas may alter ones feelings for themselves, others and how they view the world.

Women are twice as likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder as men, and children can also develop it. PTSD often occurs with depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders.

Trauma survivors who have PTSD may have trouble with their close family relationships or friendships. Their symptoms can cause  problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem solving, which may affect the way the survivor acts with others. In turn, the way a loved one responds to him or her affects the trauma survivor. A circular pattern may develop that could harm relationships.

HBOT Research -Appears to have a Positive Effect on PTSD and TBI

An unexpected possible side effect of HBOT has been reported.  HBOT appears to have a positive effect on PTSD and TBI.  When you think about it, this makes sense, since TBI is often a result of concussion, a brain injury.  Kenneth Governor, New York State’s American Legion Commander, quoted in American Legion News in July last year, said, “There’s growing evidence that a significant number of PTSD and mTBI cases should be treated as medical conditions, not psychiatric conditions.” He says a growing number of physicians consider many cases of PTSD as post-concussive syndrome.

Research from health pioneer (and former ANH-USA board member) Dr. Paul G. Harch published in the Journal of Neurotrauma indicates that hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is able to dramatically help veterans with post-concussion syndrome (a form of traumatic brain injury) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Harch is an associate clinical professor of medicine at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.

Since 2012, AHC and Dr. Louis Hilliard have been bringing attention to Veterans the importance of HBOT and Oxygen. In HBOT, the patient is put in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which saturates the tissues with twelve times more oxygen than can be absorbed by breathing. This greatly enhances the body’s own healing and functioning processes.
Hyperbaric Shows Promising Result With Low-Pressure Hyperbaric United States Government Accountability Office.

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Research on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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