Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological and physical condition that can affect people who have experienced a traumatic event in their life. It is thought that up to 30% of people who go through a traumatic experience, develop post traumatic stress disorder and it affects people in a variety of ways. Some people, such as soldiers, police, ambulance and fire brigade personnel, are more likely to witness the kind of events that can lead to PTSD.
How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help.
To begin with we work to reduce your stress and anxiety levels and this helps you to get back in control of your thoughts and feelings. It helps you have a more positive outlook on life which is very important as PTSD sufferers can often give themselves a hard time about feeling the way they do.
With solution-focused hypnotherapy we do not focus on what has happened to you in the past (and in affect making you relive it). Instead we look at ways for you to move forward and you will start to look forward to the future and achieving your goals.
However there are also specific techniques we can use to strip the underlying traumatic memory of the overwhelming emotional associations - something we do naturally with less powerful and significant memories when we dream at night. We do not wipe the memory but we can reduce their emotional impact.
There are a wide variety of symptoms that affect people with PTSD and symptoms usually develop soon after the traumatic event, although very occasionally the reaction can be delayed for weeks, months or even years.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
Flashbacks and nightmares of the event
Anxiety and panic attacks
Hypervigilence - you may find it difficult to relax and remain on 'red alert' at all times, and you may be easily startled
Feelings of grief, shame, guilt and anger
A sense of numbness, both physically and emotionally
Avoidance of people and/or situations that might remind you of your trauma
Trying to control emotions and thoughts by drinking alcohol or taking drugs
Feelings of panic and fear
Lack of concentration
Physical symptoms such as sweating, headaches, chest pains, general aches and pains, digestive problems etc
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be successfully resolved using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, although each case requires individualised treatment.