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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a set of symptoms that can develop in people who have been through a traumatic event which threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them. This could be a car or other serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or disasters such as bushfires and floods. As a result, the person experiences feelings of intense fear, helplessness or anxiety.

Symptoms of PTSD include extreme panic or debilitating fear, crippling a person’s life and their ability to undertake normal day to day tasks.  Along with the assistance of supportive doctors and medical practitioners, PTSD can be easily diagnosed, and the on-going impact can be lessened if treated early and with a holistic and supportive approach.  Having a great network of friends and family often ensures the best results, even if the sufferer may not feel like involving these people in the journey.

Part of the holistic healing process for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, along with psychological care from allied health professionals, is often medication.  In the same way that medication can help physical injuries, emotional and mental illnesses benefit from the correct forms and dosages of certain medications.  A key medication with proven success in psychological recovery is medicinal cannabis.  Taken in the correct doses and monitored by an appropriate medical team, PTSD symptoms can be well managed.

CBD can often improve sleep and reduce nervousness by slowing down thought processes and reducing the hyper-anxious state.  Medical cannabis acts on the brain to boost mood and assists with impulse control to improve feelings of helplessness.

Traumatic events in life are often unpredictable but knowing there are options and treatments available can help promote action and rebuild lives. This can allow people to continue with their new normal without the intense, trapped feelings that would be experienced by leaving it untreated.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of PTSD or other significant trauma, reach out to the caring team at Cannadoc Health to discuss a holistic care plan to help rebuild and take back control of your life.

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World Events Can Have a Toll – Anxiety

Anxiety can be a one-off episode or can reoccur over many years in various ways, shapes or forms.  The causes of anxiety vary from individual to individual but often triggers can be shared by many members of our society.

One such trigger is traumatic community events. Recent events including the Coronavirus pandemic and the droughts in much of Australia and the bush fires in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, have taken a huge psychological toll on many people.

The timing of the COVID-19 crisis found people alone and not able to spend time with their families over the Easter period like the used to. Likewise, fires around the Christmas and New Year holiday period meant that people were visiting places outside of their normal secure environment and may have felt especially vulnerable.  These people are also unlikely to be accustomed to bushfire activity and the ferocity of bushfires, coming from suburban areas that do not normally experience fire events. Both unfortunate circumstances can lead to overwhelming feelings of helplessness and anxiety.

Severe stress from a loved one getting sick or losing all your possessions can be enough to bring on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Seeing injured animals and other graphic scenes on TV or evening news will also impact the general public over time, even if it is not always immediately obvious.

Anxiety is a natural response to an overwhelmingly stressful situation, but bigger issues are caused when sufferers struggle to control their thoughts, ending up exhibiting in a range of physical symptoms, which can often be harmful.

Luckily, for sufferers there are a host of different treatments that can assist with managing such feelings to give patients back a sense of self control.

Having a supportive, holistic approach means that while triggers may present themselves from time to time, the physiological response to the stress can be better managed. Diet and exercise, along with medication have all been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety.

One medicine which may have great benefit in reducing anxiety is cannabidiol or CBD, which is derived from the cannabis plant.  As expected, access to medicinal cannabis is highly regulated, with prescriptions being closely monitored and its prescription limited to expert practitioners.

Finding a doctor who truly understands your condition, as well as the best way to support your use of cannabinoid therapy is important. The team at Cannadoc Health are focused on working with all patients to achieve optimal therapy and long-term health outcomes.

Seasons will change and start to get better but being in control of anxiety and stressful feelings with the right medical care will give control and independence back to those in our society who struggle the most.

Get in touch today to learn how the team at Cannadoc can assist you on your road to recovery.

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Webinar Series: Medicinal Cannabis 101 – Q&A

Have you ever thought about accessing medical cannabis for your health condition/s?

Or perhaps you wanted to get a better understanding of cannabis therapy? Do you have questions around medicinal cannabis that you want answered by a qualified medical doctor?

We at Cannadoc are passionate in providing quality education surrounding the medicinal cannabis space.

Therefore, we are hosting a Q&A style webinar to help educate patients and health professionals around this new and rapidly changing area of medicine. Please join us for a lively discussion around the basics of cannabinoid therapy, and we will try to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to submit questions prior to the commencement during registration.

Medicinal Cannabis 101: Q&A Webinar | Cannadoc
Wednesday, 29 April 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (AEDT)

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Migraines and Medicinal Cannabis

Headaches slow down nearly everyone at some point lasting a short while and often fixed with a bit of fresh air, change of lighting or a small break. A bad headache may be eased with paracetamol or other over the counter pain relief.

Migraines on the other hand, can stop people dead in their tracks. Often movement, noise or even light is too much to endure during a migraine attack. Patients complain of becoming bedridden, occasionally for multiple days at a time, with minimal true relief available to some sufferers.

While there have been great leaps in medication and treatments for migraines in recent years, often sufferers don’t want to risk the side effects for minimal reductions in pain or length of a migraine.

Working as an anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever, medicinal cannabis is believed to reduce the severity and regularity of migraines. Understanding triggers of migraines for patients is also key to reducing the pain, but not all triggers can be completely removed from everyday life.

The fully qualified doctors at Cannadoc may ask you about your work, stress, diet, hobbies, exercise habits, and other factors that have changed recently that may have contributed to your migraine headaches.

Along with diet and exercise, a holistic health plan (that may include medicinal cannabis) can be developed in consultation with the medical team at Cannadoc Health.  Plans could also include allied health practitioners such as an osteopath or physiotherapist to assist with reducing physical stress, improve movement, and hopefully reduce the frequency of headache symptoms occurring.

If you are experiencing migraines or painful headaches that are impacting your everyday life, reach out to the supportive team at Cannadoc to discuss a holistic care plan to get you back to living your life.

Webinar Series: Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

So, we’re all locked down, socially isolated, and hopefully (if we’re lucky) working from home. We’re all anxious about our futures, and its uncertainty can be unnerving. Now what?

Well if you’re like most Australians, you’re probably feeling significant stress and worry. We have all seen in the media about how devastating this COVID-19 virus has been on the health and well-being of many thousands of people across Australia. And couple this with an economic downturn from the lock-down, the stress and worry will be amplified.

We all have friends and family who are likely to suffer from the devastating consequences of this pandemic, if not ourselves. What many people will forget to think about in such times of crisis is their own and their loved-one’s mental well-being.

Anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health issues are common illnesses within our community, and these issues can be worsened in times of extreme stress. So, we all need to be mindful of how we’re feeling mentally on a day to day basis, as well as keep tabs on how our close family and friends are too.

Human beings are highly social creatures, so this period of isolation can be devastating to many members of our society. A big concern we have is that levels of anxiety, depression, and even suicide will rise dramatically over the coming weeks and months.

Therefore, we have decided to put together a Q&A webinar/forum for people to discuss their mental health issues and answer any questions you may have surrounding the maintenance of good mental health. Hopefully, we can offer people a ‘safe space’ to talk, to have high quality conversations about their mental health, and to discuss strategies on how they can improve their mental well-being.

This will be an informal open-access webinar series hosted by Cannadoc, led by a Melbourne based GP, Dr David Feng. We will be taking questions prior to the start of the webinar, so please email any questions/topics you want to discuss prior to the webinar, and we will try to get through as many as we can. We hope to see you then. Good luck, and stay safe.

Register here!

Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 | Cannadoc
Thu, 2 Apr 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (AEDT)

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