Dealing With PTSD Effectively
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be attributed to events such as being robbed or attacked, experiencing a natural disaster or seeing a terrible scene. Recollections of traumatic occurrences can negatively affect people, particularly people serving in the military. These ‘flashbacks’ can bring on long-lasting symptoms that can have a substantial impact on everyday life. Traumatic events can be very difficult to come to terms with, but confronting feelings and seeking professional help is often the only way of effectively treating PTSD.
Usually, when someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experiences these ‘flashbacks’, they also experience intense feelings of anxiety and panic that they had at the time of the original event. Within the home or office, problems can develop when a person with PTSD has problems sleeping and concentrating. Emotional symptoms can also develop into a depressive disorder and anxiousness. Occasionally they also encounter physical problems like rapid heartbeat, queasiness and trembling.
The medical treatment normally will involve some kind of anti-anxiety medication like anti-depressants and/or beta blockers. This is in many cases enough to stabilise the sufferer, but long term success is normally achieved when the underlying thoughts and triggers are resolved. Hypnotherapeutic solutions can hence be a useful tool for long-term recuperation. Utilising hypnotherapy, the PTSD suffer can safely process the original event so that it is no longer induced by everyday conditions.
There are many approaches that can be used, so even if it is not possible to completely come to terms with the initial traumatic event, it is typically possible to remove or disregard the triggers which increase the risk for ‘flashbacks’. During the hypnotherapeutic trance, the client will be by definition calm and relaxed which might be a real change for the person and one they can enjoy experiencing.
EMDR – eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a relatively new treatment that has been found to reduce the symptoms.
Regularly, the first session is a chance for the hypnotherapist to learn how the person is being affected and the kinds of situations which may trigger ‘flashbacks.’ If they have this information, a bespoke plan for treatment will be put together and agreed upon.
Quite often, the key aim of treatment for PTSD is to help the individual to safely process the stressful memory so that it doesn’t have the high levels of raw emotion attached to it. The idea is to change the habitual habits activated by the event into more appropriate ones that might be considered ‘normal’ in the circumstance. Hypnotherapy is solution focused and will work to ease any distress so that the sufferer can cope with conditions, without the excessive strain of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Additionally, it can help restore any related problems that may have been caused at work or in the home because of the PTSD.