The majority of us have experienced stress at some point and many people feel stressed regularly. The severity of the stress will largely depend on the circumstance and how the sufferer handles it. In certain traumatic scenarios, a person can become overwhelmed by the feelings of stress, and this overload can lead to an inability to cope. Issues with everyday life can then develop and become persistent. When this happens it is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and if not addressed can have dreadful physical and mental effects on how someone lives their life.
The foundations for PTSD can be laid in many ways, such as, by watching a horrific accident, being assaulted or experiencing a natural disaster. So although we tend to think of PTSD as being a problem for the military, it can easily affect ordinary people as well. Terrifying and alarming memories can bring about various long lasting symptoms which consequently have a negative impact on everyday living.
Generally when someone with PTSD experiences these ‘flashbacks’, they also suffer intense feelings of anxiousness and panic that they had at the time of the original event. PTSD can normally be accompanied by fatigue due to sleep issues and this makes it hard for the person to concentrate which in itself brings about problems at the office and in the home. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon with people suffering with PTSD. There are also physical issue to consider, such as chest pains, sweating and headaches.
For medical practitioners, the first line of treatment often includes medication to take care of the anxiety and depression symptoms. Hypnotherapy can be a great complimentary therapy to the medical model as it could help to resolve the feelings of the original event and allow them to tackle the triggers more effectively. Hypnotherapy solutions are quite often conducted in a calm environment where the person can truly feel safe to tackle the original event.
Hypnotherapy techniques for PTSD can ease feelings of anxiety and panic as it can alter the subconscious so that it that negative harmful feelings and images are redirected towards beneficial ones. People are generally surprised how comfortable and relaxing the state of hypnosis is, and this can further help to lower anxiousness levels so the PTSD sufferer can cope better in life. Having helped the person into a hypnotherapeutic state the hypnotherapist can choose a variety of methods to help change their feelings and responses to thought processes of the original event.
In the first session the hypnotherapist will endeavour to determine how the original event is experienced and the triggers that can start a ‘flashback’. The hypnotherapist can then work out how they will overcome the problems, the techniques they will apply and agree the plan with the client.
Usually, hypnosis will focus on removing the tension and anxiety feelings associated with the original event and thus changing the unsuitable responses they are experiencing. The focus is always to alter the brain’s thought processes so that the ensuing behaviour is better suited to their lifestyle. Hypnosis is solution focused and will work to ease any distress so that the person can cope in conditions, without the excessive strain of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It may also help restore any related problems that could have been caused at the office or in the home due to the PTSD.