How PTSD Affects the Way We Learn

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects 5.2 million adults at any given time of the year. This number doesn’t even account for the children who suffer traumatic events, who are just as susceptible to developing this disorder as adults. PTSD is extremely treatable, but if it goes uncared for many people can start to notice cognitive impairments. This impairment makes learning at school, work, and home more difficult which can add to the frustration of the disorder.

Many people use CBD to help with their PTSD. Scientists believe it has access to some of the main parts of the brain that are affected by PTSD like the hippocampus. There is a neural marker in the hippocampus that decreases when someone has PTSD which makes the hippocampus smaller. This is great news when it comes to treatment with CBD because it can help. However, this is bad news for those who go untreated.

The hippocampus plays a significant role in memory and learning. When someone has PTSD, they can develop a verbal declarative memory deficit. Declarative memory is one of the two main types of long-term memory, and it’s the ability to recall information that has been stored. The information in this type of memory are things like facts, experiences, and concepts. Researchers believe that having this memory deficit could be both preexisting as well as a product of PTSD.

Having a memory deficit makes it harder to learn as well as the some of the other symptoms of PTSD. Not only is it hard to reach into the brain and pull out information, hyperarousal, which is one of the signs of PTSD, makes it hard to focus.

People with PTSD may also suffer from intrusive thoughts that may interrupt them in their class or job making it difficult to concentrate. Sleep disturbances that are common with people who have PTSD can make their mind and body not at a full 100%, making thought harder to navigate through.

It is essential to seek out therapy when you have PTSD; your future mind could depend on it. Researchers believe that having PTSD may put people at risk for dementia. If you or your loved one are suffering, check out this article on how CBD can help with PTSD. Also, talk to your doctor about finding the best treatment options so you or your loved one can get back on track to living a happy and healthy life.

Sarah Potts

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