Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Hypnotherapy

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Hypnotherapy

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after any violent or traumatic event. Symptoms sometimes begin shortly after the event, or they can start years later. While we often associate PTSD with military experiences, it’s also common in the general community. For example, it can occur after surviving an accident, after an assault or after childhood abuse.

The disturbing symptoms of PTSD can ruin relationships and destroy lives. Both physical and mental, PTSD symptoms can include reliving the event, usually via flashback or nightmares, anxiety, depression, anger, headaches, shaking and mood swings.

Reliving the event is a particularly difficult symptom of PTSD as it can be triggered at virtually any time, with triggers that may not at first seem obvious.

PTSD treatments vary, but many sufferers find hypnotherapy for post-traumatic stress to be very helpful.

Many PTSD sufferers avoid treatment, as the last thing they want to do is to be forced to remember the details of their experience. Unfortunately this avoidance can make things worse. The experience will still break through, as in nightmares and flashbacks. Ultimately, the experience needs to be processed and accepted before you will be able to move on.

However, hypnotherapy for PTSD does not mean directly reliving the experience. When you are in a hypnotic state you are extremely relaxed, very like a dreaming state. Your therapist can engage your unconscious and investigate your issues without you having to feel you are directly engaged in them.

There are various techniques that can be used to deal with PTSD with hypnosis, but essentially all are designed to neutralize the emotional connection to the root cause of your PTSD. In most cases, your therapist will start with relaxation and calming techniques, as a way of teaching you how to cope with the experience. Your therapist will also explore what is triggering flashbacks and try to defuse any cues that might cause you to relive it.

Your therapist may enable you to observe your experience ‘from a distance’, as if you were not involved. While you are in a hypnotic state you are detached and can focus on your therapist’s suggestions, images and thoughts, helping you to process and move forward from your negative experience.

Hypnosis also helps with the sleep problems that are so common with PTSD, such as insomnia and nightmares. It’s a natural solution that can lessen your dependence on sleeping pills and other drugs.

Whatever the approach, hypnotherapy is always goal-directed and positive.

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