Hypnotherapy Ends Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD
Throughout our lives we all experience our stresses, strains and difficult situations. Recovery from these events is usually a natural process which occurs over time, without the need for further help. For others however, certain traumatic and frightening events can trigger a reaction which can last for a period of months, or even years. This reaction is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD). PTSD is a chronic, sometimes lifelong disorder that has its onset some time after an particularly stressful traumatic event.
You do not have to be the direct victim of one of these traumas to experience post-traumatic stress syndrome. Sometimes, family members or friends of victims are so traumatized by witnessing or learning about the stressful event happening to a loved one, that they develop the symptoms as well.
As well as undergoing the treatment recommended by their health care provider, often PTSD sufferers also find that hypnotherapy treatment is beneficial. Though there is no solid evidence to support the efficacy of hypnotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, many sufferers have experienced success with the treatment.
Hypnotherapy is used to unlock stored emotion so that the trauma can be revisited and explored from a different perspective. Our use of the 5 Path® Program has been extremely successful in helping PTSD clients fully recover
What are the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
The primary four types of symptoms of PTSD are:
- Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms) Memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. For example:
- You may have nightmares
- You may feel like you are going through the event again. This is called flashback.
- You may see, hear, or smell something that causes you to relive the event. This is called a trigger. News reports, seeing an accident, or hearing a car backfire are examples of triggers.
- Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
- You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event. For example:
- You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous.
- You may avoid driving if you were in a car accident or if your military convoy was bombed.
- If you were in an earthquake, you may avoid watching movies about earthquakes.
- You may keep very busy or avoid seeking help because it keeps you from having to think or talk about the event.
- Negative changes in beliefs and feelings The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma. This symptom has many aspects, including the following:
- You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
- You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.
- You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.
- Feeling keyed up (also called hyper-arousal) You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. You might suddenly become angry or irritable. This is known as hyper-arousal. For example:
- You may have a hard time sleeping.
- You may have trouble concentrating.
- You may be startled by a loud noise or surprise.
- You might want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room.
What can be done to cure PTSD? Is it possible to overcome PTSD?
Although in this day and age, more and more people are turning to prescribed drugs to alleviate their problems, it has been recognized that certain treatments are very effective at eliminating the symptoms of PTSD. Some people try to escape post trauma stress syndrome with the use of alcohol or drugs, which unfortunately never eliminate the actual problem.
The following treatments have been found to be very effective at curing post traumatic stress disorder:
- Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Here at St Pete Hypnosis clinic, we’ve experienced tremendous success using a combination of the above processes in eliminating PTSD for those that needlessly suffer.