Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not something that is wrong with a person. It is not effectively a ‘disorder’ at all, even though it has been labelled as such by the medical community. It is a collection of symptoms which are a reaction to something, or a number of things, that have happened to a person.
Basically, physical reactions to a particular stressor, or stressors, are being psychologically-triggered, potentially by something the person does not even remember clearly, if at all. The subconscious mind is very effective at repressing memories, to protect us from hurt or upset. But when it does, it fails to turn off the physical reaction to the stressor. So sufferers can experience acute reactions, with no context by which to understand them.
Clinical hypnotherapy is effective in combatting PTSD symptoms on many fronts. It can reduce or eliminate acute or chronic pain. It can end insomnia, to enable a sufferer to get restorative rest. It can eliminate spontaneous flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and panic attacks. It can end anxiety. The way to achieve this is to find out the root cause, or causes, of the physical reactions, by using ‘hypnoanalysis‘.
During WW2, US military psychiatrists and psychologists had huge success with clinical hypnotherapy, helping returning service personnel eliminate even the most acute physical conditions as a result of their wartime experiences, such as hysterical paralysis or blindness, or sudden deafness or muteness, as well as depression and anxiety.
The hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis techniques, which these medical personnel adopted, founded much of modern-day clinical hypnotherapy, and went on to help veterans of the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
But PTSD is not only a condition which afflicts service personnel. First responders and health care workers are, of course, also extremely susceptible to experiencing PTSD-type symptoms, as are journalists, and all victims of violent crimes, as well as people who have been abused, placed under extreme stress or physically or mentally intimidated.
Clinical hypnotherapy can be a huge help for anyone who is experiencing the following symptoms:
- repeated upsetting memories and nightmares
- feeling detached; emotionally numb; feeling like you do not care about anything
- feeling irritable; nervous; unsafe or hyper-vigilant and easily startled
- experiencing guilt, including survivor guilt; not being able to recall important parts of an event; loss of interest in activities or other people
Additional possible symptoms of PTSD include: agitation, excitability, dizziness, fainting, racing heart, high blood pressure and headaches.
Clinical hypnotherapy tackles PTSD on a subconscious level, without the need for addictive medications, and much faster than many ‘talking therapies’. Sufferers often see an improvement in their symptoms from the very first clinical hypnotherapy session, and elimination within weeks.
For more information on PTSD and clinical hypnotherapy please contact me.
You can also read The PTSD Solution: A Military Approach by clicking here, to see exactly how it has helped other PTSD and C-PTSD sufferers.