If you are wondering ‘Can Hypnotherapy help PTSD ?’ – the answer is yes.
We all experience stress at some stage of our lives. But PTSD is different. A significant event or trauma causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Severe reactions occur, making it difficult to move forward in life. And, because of how our world is changing, PTSD is becoming more common.
What sort of events can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Examples of events that can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are:
- natural disasters
- terrorist attacks
- sexual assaults
Also, being in a car accident, a traumatic childbirth or losing someone close to you in upsetting circumstances can cause it too. The event may not have happened to the person, they may have witnessed it.
The emotional response is above the normal level. And, as our world becomes more violent, PTSD is unfortunately increasing.
What is a common reaction in PTSD ?
The reactions seen in PTSD are varied. Psychosomatic symptoms, nightmares and emotional instability. Re-living the event in dreams, or flashbacks, can be particularly distressing. There’s also the opposite, being unable to remember the details of the trauma. It may have been so traumatic that the memory gets blocked.
The symptoms can be so distressing that the person becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs. This is to try and numb the sensations and memories. They may act aggressive, irritable and have difficulty in trusting others. This does not only mean strangers. It can also be family and friends.
Can Hypnotherapy help PTSD to those that suffer?
Hypnotherapy is recognised as a positive treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Firstly, reframing traumatic events can help to ease the severity of the memory. Secondly, hypnotherapy can help to learn to relax and deal with flashbacks and other symptoms. Hypnotherapy can also help with any addictions present. Plus, it can assist with helping a person look after their physical health too. Finally, hypnotherapy can help with confidence building, building trust and providing reassurance.