Panic Attacks, Reoccurring Mold Symptoms, Mold Toxicity, and a “Trapped” Limbic System: Solutions are Accessible and Available
This week, Catherine at Moldfreeliving.com posted a comprehensive article regarding her personal experience with “Mold PTSD” and a variety of solutions she has tried to find relief from these momentary relapses that can often be as traumatic as the original mold exposure and mycotoxin symptoms themselves.
This topic is one of the most important topics for mold sufferers to get a grip on. Addressing what can be labeled as a mental condition is difficult. Recognizing that there is hope and the ability to change how your brain functions takes faith and hard work. Learning about this topic and possible solutions is so important, because these solutions do work and have helped countless sufferers.
Like any treatment modality, though, there are pros and cons:
The Pros: They are affordable, can be done at home, can be done at your own pace, can be combined with other medical treatments and interventions, and improvement is based on your own vigilance and efforts.
The Cons: They can seem tedious and can require a substantial time commitment and practice; However, this should not exceed 1-2 hours per day initially
Catherine’s article is powerful as she describes her first-hand experience with “Mold PTSD.” I cannot replicate her experience and describe the feelings she experienced through the process. In addition, reading the article can help readers identify with the feelings and thought processes that drove her to seek solutions to her nervous-system-related issues.
“Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is classified as a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.”
PTSD has been known by many other names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II. But PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any at age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetimes. Women are twice as likely as men to struggle with PTSD.
People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to a stressful or traumatic experience that can last long after the event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; they may feel detached or estranged from other people; and they may isolate themselves from others and from the outside world to avoid triggering stimuli. People with PTSD may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch. 1.
Patients experiencing Mold PTSD can get a whiff of mold that triggers flashbacks to when they were debilitatingly sick from mold illness.
There is an overriding fear that it is happening all over again. This occurs because the patient’s limbic system gets stuck in the immediate “flight, fight, or freeze” reaction that occurs prior to the normal brain processing of events. The body continues to release stress hormones and adrenalin that actually cause the physical reactions, panic, and fear, even though the person is not currently in any physical danger. Recently, there have been an emergence of PTSD cases stemming from the catastrophic hurricanes and natural disasters of late. Your can read more about instant sinusitis symptoms, panic, and PTSD Here.
Retraining the Limbic System
Fortunately, there are programs to choose from that specifically address this issue for mold sufferers. Annie Hopper’s Dynamic Neural Retraining System and Ashok Gupta’s Gupta Amygdala Retraining™ Program both focus on limbic system retraining. These programs involve a curriculum and specific exercises to re-establish a normal limbic system response and to break the faulty communication loop between the feeling and the thinking brain. Both programs require time and hard work; but there are numerous success stories documented in research involving these programs. (Note: this is not an endorsement of these programs nor do I have any first-hand experience with these programs.)
Read about Catherine’s experience with Mold PTSD and her comprehensive search for solutions that have ultimately helped her, and many other mold sufferers stricken with this common syndrome.