Trauma Implications Summary
In today’s society, trauma might be more common than you think. According to Kessler et al, 56% of adults reported having experienced at least one traumatic event. Another study discovered that 90% of patients who seek mental health services have been exposed to a traumatic event, and most of those patients reported multiple trauma experiences. With that being said, it is essential to consider a trauma with every single patient in treatment.
There are many negative effects that can pair with someone who experiences trauma. Childhood trauma can lead to a person having increased chances to commit suicide, and become addicted to smoking or alcohol later in life. Going along with those effects, there are also physiological repercussions: trauma changes the brain. Trauma changes the synaptic connections, the structure, and the way that the brain responds to stimuli in a person’s environment or their general thought processes.
Although there are many negative effects of trauma, there are numerous approaches to healing, including seeking out a counselor, psychiatrist, EMDR therapist, or even a naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic medicine is rooted in the Therapeutic Order, which looks at the gestalt of a patient. Whether you are focusing on mental health, pain, obstetrics, or urinary diseases, a solid foundation and competence in dealing with trauma will optimize your effectiveness as a physician. Understanding a patient’s past can help you understand the present.
Hardwiring the Brain Summary
In the United States, a baffling amount of children are taking a psychiatric drug: 1,080,168 ages 0-5 and 8,389,034 if you bump the age range from 0-17. I was presented with a 10-year-old male patient named Max who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder Type I (rapid cycling, mixed depression and anxiety), and Conduct Disorder, while taking four different medications. Max’s current team when I saw him was comprised of a primary-care pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist, and psychotherapist. But Max and his family had also consulted medical doctors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and “Functional Medicine” experts.
To identify and treat the root cause, I decided to examine Max’s genetic material and had Max do genetic testing. The results showed that that he had Klinefelter syndrome, which results from the presence of one extra copy of the X Chromosome in each cell. This syndrome is associated with intense anger, rage, and violence towards oneself or others like Max was experiencing. With the testing results, I also discovered that he had a mutation in his HK3, SLC6A8, and COX3 genes. These genes when mutated can cause pain and psychiatric issues like Max was enduring.
In treating Max for his multitude of symptoms, I prescribed different supplements and a homeopathic remedy, while he started physical therapy for his body pains. In just one months time, Max’s symptoms were decreasing more and more in frequency and severity; in just two years he had discontinued all of his medications and felt healthier in his body. By digging deeper, identifying the root cause of symptoms and treating it, gives the body space to do what it does best: heal.