Mental health is something we all deal with, but no-one wants to talk about it.
Almost half of adults in the US will experience a mental health issue during their lifetime.
From anxiety, stress and depression, to obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, we’re going to take a look at how CBD products are now being used to treat mental health issues in the US.
In the United States, in any given year, a shocking 43.8 million Americans will be dealing with a mental illness of some kind.
It’s so important that we raise awareness for those suffering in silence with mental health issues.
Lately, CBD has been ‘gaining steam’ in reputation and being used to help patients with mental health issues.
CBD oil has some remarkable health benefits and CBD products are now being used to treat those suffering with stress, anxiety, depression and more serious mental health issues.
CBD & Mental Health Issues in the US
CBD oil has the ability to help reduce pain and inflammation in the body, as well as balance hormone levels and focus the mind.
When taken to treat mental health issues such as anxiety and stress, CBD has been found to help make a patient feel calmer and more relaxed.
The FDA have approved the use of CBD for epilepsy, and those using CBD oil to treat anxiety and stress are praising this natural remedy.
In 2019, it was reported than 14% of Americans are using CBD as it is often more affordable and easier to buy than standard medication or therapy.
PTSD and CBD Treatment
According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD affects around 3.5% of Americans in the US, which means that one in 11 people will experience PTSD in their lifetime.
Those suffering from PTSD may have intense and disturbing thoughts, feelings and flashbacks as well as vivid nightmares and insomnia.
This condition can really impact a person’s life and cause psychological issues and prevent someone from having meaningful relationships.
Often therapy is recommended to treat PTSD, but for those in fear of discussing their condition and feelings and reliving their past, CBD oil may be able to give them a little relief until they feel ready to talk.
In the US, a lot of military personnel are at risk of developing PTSD and for those who are suffering in silence, it can be an isolating time.
Often military personnel don’t feel ready to undergo therapy and can view counseling, a sign of weakness.
CBD oil may be a good stepping stone to therapy for those with PTSD, as it can help calm the mind and allow the patient to find mental clarity.
CBD vs. Stress: The Number 1 Killer In The US
Stress is caused when we feel threatened. If your life is in danger (or just perceived in danger) you will experience the fight or flight response.
This is a natural and often life saving physiological response to a scary or dangerous event, and when this happens, your nervous system kicks into gear.
Either you will begin to gear up to fight your way out of this stressful situation, or you’ll be ready to run away.
But sometime we can experience stress even when our lives are not at risk.
Feeling stressed, is of course a natural response to something that could seriously harm you or even kill you such as a wild animal, but being stressed on a daily basis due to workload or your daily routine is not OK.
In fact, being stressed out on a regular basis can increase your chance of developing a life threatening illness or suffering a heart attack.
So, if you’re stressing out over work, deadlines, family life or a bad relationship, you need to make a change in your life.
While you’re figuring out how to reduce stress in your life, you can take natural remedies such as CBD oil which can help calm the mind and reduce stress levels.
A study conducted in 2010 found that CBD can help people with social anxiety disorder and CBD can actually change the brain’s reaction to anxiety and stress.
The study concluded that scans showed that CBD oil affects the blood flow patterns in regions of the brain connected with stress and anxiety levels.
Depression vs. CBD
Depression is affecting millions of people around the world, from young children to those already retired.
It seems with an increased use of technology that depression in the 21st century may be linked to technology and social media.
Being able to constantly compare yourself to others, whether it be by comparing your lifestyle, bodyshape, career, wealth, happiness, this is clearly playing a role in global levels of depression and other mental health issues.
According to a report by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of disability in the US for those aged between 15 to 44, and this mental health issue affects 16.1 million Americans.
Depression can return frequently in a person’s life, so it is not as straightforward as simply following a course of treatment and you’ll be cured.
CBD oil is currently being used to help lift the spirits of those suffering from depression.
Paired with therapy and holistic treatments such as meditation and yoga are thought to be the best course of action.
It is the antidepressant properties found in CBD oil that is making it a go to natural remedy for those suffering from depression around the world.
Conclusion: CBD and Mental Health
Having a positive mental attitude, being in good spirits and feeling happy are fundamental to your overall sense of happiness and wellbeing.
When you feel down, stressed and depressed, you can sometimes subconsciously sabotage other aspects of your life such as your career and relationships due to your negative mental state.
Those with a mental health issue can often isolate themselves, make mistakes at work, suffer from anger issues and push loved ones away.
For success in both relationships and life, you must be able to love yourself, feel at peace and have mental clarity and stability.
We have explored a wide range of mental illnesses and discussed how CBD oil is being used to help those suffering from a mental health issue in the US.
There is still a stigma of shame attached to mental health problems and this can cause a lot of people to suffer in silence and not receive the treatment they need.
Thankfully, CBD is quite widely available and can help provide a natural remedy for those who are not willing to take prescription meds that come with long term side effects and dependence.
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