PTSD Hypnotherapy Wolverhampton
PTSD stands for post traumatic stress disorder and is an Anxiety condition caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. It is known as ‘post traumatic’ because the normal processing of negative events and experiences that occurred in the past seems to have been ‘bypassed’ and is still ‘residing’ in the brain and producing symptoms beyond what might be considered the ‘normal’ time-frame to resolve these events (approx 2 years).
The type of events that can cause PTSD include:
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Sexual Assaults
- Being Robbed or Mugged
- Violence Against Yourself
- Witnessing Death (violent death)
- Military Combat Experiences – used to be called “shell-shock”
- Experiencing Natural Disasters – Earthquakes, Major Floods etc.
PTSD can develop immediately following a disturbing event, or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
All of us will suffer our fair share of stresses, strains and difficult situations. For most of us, recovery from these events will be a natural process which occurs over time, without the need for further help. For others however, certain traumatic and frightening events can trigger a reaction which can last for a period of months, or even years.
This reaction is known as PTSD, a condition which manifests both physically and psychologically and is thought to occur in approximately 30% of individuals who experience traumatic events.
The term post-traumatic stress disorder is used to describe a range of symptoms which occur following on from involvement in a traumatic event. These events are considered to be both beyond our control, and outside of our normal human experiences. The event itself could be anything from witnessing a road traffic accident, natural disaster or terrorist attack, through to being the victim of a mugging, or witnessing harrowing scenes whilst serving in the armed forces.
Whether you are present during a traumatic event, a witness, or a direct victim, the intense distress and helplessness you felt in the midst of that situation can have a deep and long lasting psychological effect and can trigger a series of symptoms which can seriously impact your life.
In some individuals the symptoms will develop very shortly after the event, but for others the onset may be delayed by a number of months, or even years after the trauma first occurred.
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will usually occur after an individual has been involved in, or has witnessed a traumatic event such as a serious road traffic accident, a natural disaster, being held hostage, a violent death, military combat, a sexual assault, or another situation in which an individual feels extreme fear, and or helplessness.
Symptoms can vary from person to person, but often involve the sufferer ‘reliving’ the event to some extent through a combination of flashbacks or nightmares. Re-experiencing the trauma can lead to sleep problems, concentration difficulties, feelings of isolation and depression and a variety of additional symptoms.
The severity and persistence of these symptoms will vary greatly from person to person. For some sufferers, symptoms will be interspersed with periods of remission and for others they will be constant and acute enough to considerably impact quality of life.
Hypnotherapy for PTSD
As well as undergoing the treatment recommended by your health care provider, some Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers also find that hypnotherapy treatment is beneficial. Though there is no solid evidence to support the efficacy of hypnotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, many sufferers have experienced successes with the approach.
The aim of hypnotherapy is to help unlock ‘blocked’ emotion so that the trauma can be revisited and explored from a different perspective.
In most cases the most suitable form of hypnotherapy will be cognitive or analytical hypnotherapy, both of which function on a deeper level than suggestion hypnotherapy and are able to work with the unconscious mind so that negative beliefs which were built up during the trauma can be explored and alleviated.
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The Thrive Programme for PTSD
As PTSD involves a certain degree of unhelpful or ‘badly managed’ thinking we would also recommend considering following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at the clinic. Thrive is a course of research-backed applied psychology that can help you to manage the thinking associated with your PTSD much more effectively.