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PTSD – It Isn’t Just Combat-related, It’s Life

Mosaic Weighted Blankets® just issued its latest press release which focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And although it is a well-known problem for veterans, it is no longer the case that just combat soldiers are being diagnosed with the disease…surprisingly, as many as 7-8% of the US population will have PTSD sometime during their lives. It affects millions, and  here are just a few of its victims:

  • Health disease patients (cancer, heart attack, stroke): just getting diagnosed with a life-affecting disease can cause PTSD symptoms; factor in chemotherapy and fear of the future…and patients experience multiple layers of ongoing trauma
  • People who have experienced childhood trauma or illnesses
  • Children experiencing bullying, including cyber-bullying
  • Community members witnessing traumatic events in the news (Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma tornado victims, 9/11) or in person
  • Adopted children, especially those facing cultural and language changes
  • And the list goes on

We have posted one pick-up of our press release here. 

PTSD can cause insomnia, hyper-vigilance and anxiety in many people. This impacts concentration and quality of life for millions.

PTSD can cause insomnia, hyper-vigilance and anxiety in many people. This impacts concentration and quality of life for millions.

You’ve read some previous posts here on the Mosaic Weighted Blankets® site, relating to PTSD. We have heard from many customers about how their Mosaic Weighted Blankets have helped comfort their own loved one with PTSD, providing a better night’s sleep, less anxiety and a more secure feeling overall.

The press release explains how the weighted blankets work:

Weighted blankets are designed to provide deep pressure touch stimulation which helps the body relax. Like a message, moderate pressure applied to the body fosters the natural production of endorphins and serotonin, which is thought to provide a state of well-being and be helpful in inducing sleep. Serotonin transforms to melatonin, which research has shown helps maintain sleep throughout the night. Patients and Occupational Therapists (OTs) alike say the blanket feels like being held or cuddled, making one feel calm and safe.

The National Institute of Mental Health says that the number of PTSD cases is growing, partly a result of the trauma experienced in man-made and natural disasters. Their hope is that the learning from working with veterans will result in advancements to existing PTSD therapies and even preventive strategies. Until then, everyone grab their blanket!

 


One Response to PTSD – It Isn’t Just Combat-related, It’s Life

  1. RAMONA BARBA says:

    HI, I HAVE A TWENTY YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WHO HAS BIPOLAR SHE CAN’T SLEEP SHE’S STRESSED OUT ALL THE TIME AND HAS ANXIETY ATTACKS SOMETIMES SHE’S VERY ENERGETIC AND TIMES WHERE SHE HAS NO ENERGY AT ALL. SHE WAS ALWAYS A VERY HAPPY CHILD GROWING UP BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED AT AGE 4 IT STARTED WHEN SHE STARTED GOING TO HEAD START HER ATTITUDE JUST CHANGED AND I REMEMBER ALWAYS SAYING WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BABY MAYBE I SHOULDN’T HER BECAUSE FROM THEN ON SHE BECAME VERY TEMPERAMENTAL SHE WOULD BREAK OUT IN VERY BAD TANTRUMS BY THE TIME SHE HIT HIGH SCHOOL IT GOT WORSE WITH HER MOOD SWINGS BUT SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN A GOOD GIRL NEVER GOT INTO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ALWAYS A GOOD STUDENT IN SCHOOL ALWAYS FOLLOWED OUR RULES BUT IT WAS JUST HER MOOD SWINGS ME AND HER EVEN GOT INTO REALLY BAD FIST FIGHTS ME AND HER DAD DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO AND EVERY TIME THAT SHE WOULD HAVE AN EPISODE AFTER WE GOT HER CALMED DOWN SHE WOULD CRY AND SAY I’M SORRY DON’T KNOW WHY I DO THESE THINGS I DON’T WANT TO ACT LIKE THIS WE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING ON LIKE THIS WELL SHE WAS PROBABLY AROUND 15 OR 14 WE WENT TO CHURCH AND SHE HAD AN EPISODE THERE WHICH I WAS EMBARRASSED SO WE LEFT EARLY WELL A FAMILY WAS STUDYING HER AND LATER TOLD MY MOM THAT IF THEY HAVE EVER TOLD US THAT SHE WAS BIPOLAR SHE SAID I’M NOT A DOCTOR BUT I BET ON IT BECAUSE EVERYONE AT CHURCH KNEW MY DAUGHTER WAS A KIND PERSON SO I TOOK HER TO THE DOCTORS AND THERE THEY TOLD ME SHE WAS BIPOLAR WELL SHE GOT A COUNSELOR AND TRIED DIFFERENT MEDS NONE HAVE WORKED FOR HER SHE TURNED 18 AND WAS LEFT WITH NO MEDICAL CARD SO NOW SHE CAN’T SEE HER COUNSELOR OR CONTINUE TO FIND HER THE RIGHT MEDICATION NOW SHE’S 20 SHE’S GOING TO COLLEGE TO STUDYING IN COSMETOLOGY HER PASSION BUT STRUGGLES A LOT BECAUSE OF HER BIPOLAR WELL TODAY A FAMILY CAME TO VISIT FROM SALEM AND WAS TELLING US HOW HE HAS A SON THAT IS AUTISTIC AND WAS TELLING ME ABOUT THESE CERTAIN BLANKETS SO THAT IS HOW I CAME UPON YOUR WEBSITE TO SEE HOW MUCH THESE BLANKETS ARE
    AND I SAW WE COULD ENTER FOR A FREE BLANKET THOUGHT I’D GIVE IT A SHOT TO BE ONE OF THE LUCKY WINNERS FOR MY DAUGHTER FLOR.