Stress isn’t a new experience for anyone, most of us have experienced it but for some it is a daily event. Dependent upon the circumstances, the intensity of the stress and tension felt by each individual may differ. Regrettably, the after effects of specific disturbing events can become overwhelming and hard to cope with. Difficulties with everyday life can then develop and become persistent. If this occurs it is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and if neglected can have dreadful physical and psychological effects on how someone lives their life.
The foundations for PTSD can be laid in countless ways, by way of example, by observing a horrific accident, being attacked or having to deal with a natural disaster. The recollections of these frightening events trigger responses that the person had during the actual event. This is particularly troublesome for members of the armed forces as the response may be violent in nature. Left untreated, the symptoms of PTSD can have a long lasting effect on daily life.
In many cases when someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experiences these ‘flashbacks’, they also suffer intense feelings of anxiousness and panic that they had at the time of the initial event. These ‘flashbacks’, and the feelings that come with them, can be quite tiring, and lead to sleeping disorders, ultimately causing difficulties mentally focusing and therefore producing problems at work and home. Lack of sleep and the frequent triggering of panic and anxiety feelings can ultimately result in depression or violent reactions. This constant state of anxiety can also lead to physical signs and symptoms, such as heart palpitations, stomach issues and severe headaches.
For medical professionals, the first line of treatment almost always includes medication to contend with the tension and anxiety and depression. However, hypnotherapy is an alternative approach to treat PTSD and is particularly good at keeping them calm and reducing feelings of anguish. Treatment will be provided in a very peaceful environment which enhances the experience.
The feelings of panic or anxiety experienced during ‘flashbacks’ can be turned down if not totally removed helping to move the person to a more rational answer to any triggers. 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 hypnotheraputic state the hypnotherapist will use a variety of strategies to help change their feelings and responses to thought processes of the original event.
In most cases, the first session is a chance for the hypnotherapist to comprehend how the individual is being affected, and the kinds of scenarios which will probably trigger ‘flashbacks’. When they have this information, a bespoke plan for treatment can be put together and agreed upon.
In general, hypnotherapy is likely to focus on removing the anxiety feelings related to the original event and thus changing the unacceptable responses they are going through. The objective is to make sure that the sufferer can lessen the regularity and power of ‘flashbacks’ so that they are able to get on with regular life again. Hypnotherapy is a brief, outcome focused treatment that aims to help the client return to a more usual life that they would have expected had they not lived through the traumatic event. It can help with day to day living as a whole and address any issues with family and work life too.
Giselle Monbiot, an experienced Cognitive Hypnotherapist, based in Kingston Upon Thames, remarked how effective PTSD can be reversed with hypnotherapy. “There is no need to live a life that is not full of the possibility of potential and experience.” For further information,please phone 07847 386562. www.kingstonhypnotherapy.co.uk