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Hypnotherapy For PTSD Post-traumatic Stress Disorder



PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to give it its full title, should be considered to be an anxiety style disorder which arises due to a distressing, frightening or extremely stressful event or incident. There are many different types of event which trigger a PTSD and the fact that different people react to situations in different ways means that there is no way of knowing who will suffer a PTSD.

Hypnosis for PTSD is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are looking for alternative treatment methods. Conducted in a very friendly and fun environment Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with PTSD by focusing on the future rather than the past, concentrating on what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change.

The sessions are a combination of learning how the brain works so the client can understand what makes them feel the way they do and more importantly what they can do about it. Hypnosis then reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through visualisation and relaxation allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that then encourages a shift in perspective.

Symptoms of PTSD

When it comes to recognising the symptoms of PTSD, it is important to know that some people experience them very shortly after suffering a traumatic incident while other people experience them at a much later date. This means that there is no time scale to suffering this condition and there is a need to be aware that these symptoms could arise at any time.

There is said to be three main types of symptoms of PTSD, which are:

  • Re-experiencing the event
  • Avoiding reminders of the event or feeling numb
  • An increased level of anxiety or emotional arousal

With respect to re-experiencing the traumatic event, this can often come in the case of nightmares or flashback of the event. These can relate to the actual incident itself or they may represent or be indicative of the impact that the traumatic event had on the person. These problems can impact on people in other ways, notably causing people to suffer from a lack of sleep, which will have its own health problems and implications.

It is also possible that people will suffer from an intense reaction to anything which reminds them of an event. This may see sufferers sweating, feeling nauseous, experiencing an increase in their breathing and suffering from a rapid heart rate.

Other may people may suffer due to avoiding anything which may remind them of the event or in feeling numb when they remember the event. This may see people avoiding certain locations, peoples or events. It may also be that people set out to avoid certain thoughts or feelings that may trigger emotions about the event. Some people may find that they are unable to recall certain elements of the trauma and some people will suffer a loss of interest in some activities. Other people may become detached from those around them and this often coincides with a limited sense of the future.

Other symptoms relate to increased anxiety and this can manifest itself in struggling to sleep, being irritable, being angry, having problems concentrating, always being on edge or feeling jumpy.

If you have experienced a traumatic event and display these symptoms, it is advised to be properly checked out by a medical professional.

Causes of PTSD

It is important to remember that there are many different events or incidents which can cause PTSD. Different people have different thresholds and there is no longer a need for people to have physically witnessed or been involved with an event to suffer from PTSD. Some of the most common events or incidents which can lead to a PTSD include:

  • A person being held hostage
  • A person undertaking military combat
  • The impact of natural disasters, like severe floods, tsunamis or earthquakes
  • Incidents like prolonged sexual abuse, sever neglect or violence
  • Major road accidents
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Incidents like violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, robbery or mugging
  • A person witnessing violent acts, attacks or even deaths

Any one of these incidents can cause people to suffer a PTSD, either at the time or much later in the future.

Statistics of PTSD

Given that research found that up to 3 in every 100 people are likely to suffer from PTSD at some point in their life, this is clearly a condition that has an impact on many people. Other statistics indicate that:

  • 1 in every 5 firefighters is likely to suffer from PTSD
  • 1 in every 3 teenage survivors of a car crash is likely to suffer from PTSD
  • 1 in 2 female rape victims are likely to suffer from PTSD
  • 2 in 3 prisoners of war are likely to suffer from PTSD