Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, develops after one or more highly fearful, life-threatening experiences. Researchers classify this illness as an anxiety disorder. People with PTSD tend to avoid places or people that remind them of the event and may find daily events threatening. Soldiers commonly experience this syndrome, which medical practitioners have called “battle fatigue” and “shell shock.” If you have experienced enormous shock, your brain and endocrine system may now regulate stress chemicals and hormones in a different way than it did previously. In essence, you have created a system to help you react to life-threatening experiences again (giving you “false alarms”), even though you have removed yourself from a dangerous situation. This system would help you in extreme danger, but in daily life, it can cause you excess anxiety and hampers your experience of pleasure.
The use of acupuncture for PTSD has been scientifically proven to show reduced anxiety levels and stress in individuals, helping affected individuals return daily life activities.