Our staff understands the uniqueness of each patient that presents to our office. We especially understand the impact of a diagnosis of PTSD in Meridian ID when it is only viewed from a psychological perspective. This is why we perform a comprehensive history, physical, and diagnostic work-up on each patient. To best help you we need to identify areas in the brain not functioning as correctly.

We have a unique environment where you will have adequate time to be understood and have all your questions answered. Part of our environment is one of positivity and laughter. Creating this environment will facilitate rejuvenation and healing.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Recently it has been gathering much attention within the military and veteran community. It plays a considerable role in the unfortunate statistic of 22 suicides a day with current and past military. Beyond military PTSD can occur from a variety of things including physical or emotionally abusive relationships, car accidents, and head injuries.

Common Symptoms:
● Flashbacks
● Irritability
● Fatigue
● Fear
● Anxiety
● Decreased Motivation
● Guilt
● Insomnia
● Nightmares

PTSD is not purely a neurochemical issue, but results in structural alterations as well. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals diagnosed with PTSD are sent to psychiatrists or counselors and treatment is aimed at anxiety, fb-depression-lp, and other emotional signs. This works for a few, but unfortunately at least 33% have persistent symptoms. By having an understanding that the brain from a structural and functional level plays a role in the development and symptoms of PTSD offers much more promise for treatment.

Factors Involved With PTSD

Many individuals suffer from traumatic events, but it is estimated about 10% will develop PTSD. There are many causes such as TBI, concussion, car accidents, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and rape.

Below we are going to briefly explore areas of dysfunction: hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, amygdala and hippocampus, and parasympathetic system. It is important to note that these systems all interact and influence each other.

Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA AXIS)

When a stressful event occurs our body will go to a fight or flight response(sympathetic). During this time epinephrine and cortisol are released. Epinephrine is what allows for our heart and breathing rates to increase. Cortisol is responsible for breaking down stored forms of energy. These responses should only occur during and shortly following the event. In PTSD, the response is prolonged. Which can lead to commonly seen symptoms of anxiety, poor sleep, altered immune system, and fatigue.

Amygdala And Hippocampus

The amygdala is involved in a circuit to process the meaning of stimuli. The hippocampus is involved with forming memories. In PTSD, the amygdala is not regulated correctly and designates things as bad. The hippocampus takes the input from the amygdala and creates memory of the event. This is why an individual can have so many triggers such as sight, sound, and smell. The amygdala hippocampus loop is also involved in the fear response, flash backs, and nightmares.

Parasympathetic System

Normally the higher centers of our brain fire down to our parasympathetic (rest and digest) to decrease the sympathetic (fight or flight) response. In PTSD, especially those with a brain injury the higher centers and parasympathetic centers in the brainstem are impacted. This leads to an overly expressed sympathetic response.


Our Patients Say

At our dedicated doctor’s office, we take immense pride in the care and service we provide to our patients. Here, you can discover the genuine experiences and heartfelt feedback from those who have entrusted us with their health and well-being. These testimonials offer valuable insights into the compassionate and expert care that defines our practice. We are grateful for the trust our patients place in us and invite you to explore their stories, which reflect the exceptional standard of healthcare we aim to deliver every day.

“I have known Dr. Spencer Zimmerman (Dr. Z) for over a decade and watched him fine-tune his incredibly detailed approach to overcoming disease and illness. He is not your average physician. In addition to continuing education seminars and conferences, he spends 100’s of hours annually…personally studying and researching the latest cutting-edge, in-depth medical science. He’s a seeker of truth and viable, usable, effective healing solutions. His approach to immunology and rapidly boosting the body’s innate ability to mobilize and defend itself…is novel and highly comprehensive.

Cory C.

Wow were my eyes opened by Dr. Z. I was suffering from daily migraines, neck, back, shoulder, hip pain, vision and hearing problems, and the list goes on. Dr. Z saved my life. No joke. He is super meticulous and very passionate about his work. He is very smart and forward thinking and researches all the time. He genuinely cares about his patients. He’s an amazing and very caring provider and I highly recommend him.

Amanda R.

“Dr. Spencer Zimmerman is phenomenal! In January I found out I have Lyme disease and along with that discovery, I found out that most traditional Doctors won’t/can’t help treat Lyme disease patients due to FDA restrictions. My only option appeared to be a Lyme specialist, which was going to cost enormous amounts of money because insurance doesn’t cover Lyme specialists. I felt hopeless. And that’s when I had the amazing fortune to come across Dr. Spencer Zimmerman. He gave me the hope I so desperately needed. He is very knowledgeable in regards to traditional medicine, but also homeopathic care as well.

Kensi E.

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