For most people recovery from stress or a difficult situation is a natural process which doesn’t require any outside help. However, for some, certain traumatic events can trigger a reaction which can last for a long time. This is known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. It is a condition that shows itself physically and psychologically. PTSD describes a number of symptoms that happen after an event which was in some way frightening or life-threatening. A frightening event could be anything, for example an accident, a difficult birth, witnessing something stressful or being a victim. It is common for discharged soldiers to suffer from PTSD.
Being in such a situation can seriously impact the quality of a person’s life. The symptoms are not always visible straight after the incident occurs. It can be delayed by months and sometimes years. Signs of PTSD include sleep disturbances and insomnia; hyper vigilance (always being on edge); exaggerated startle response; an avoidance of stimuli. Individuals sometimes relive the traumatic events through nightmares or flashbacks. Ongoing stress in life will often trigger PTSD symptoms and the sufferer will typically become stuck in a loop of stress and PTSD triggering each other.
I usually find that a combination of Hypnotherapy and EFT are very effective at breaking into the cycle and reducing the negative feelings that can often be overwhelming. My client is able to start feeling easier inside and then experience a cycle of calmness and ease in the situations that used to trigger the anxieties that were fuelling the PTSD. I sometimes also teach stress management techniques to help the healing process along.
PTSD is very distressing but it usually responds very well to hypnotherapy and EFT.