Hypnotherapy for PTSD
From Anxiety to Freedom
What is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of severe anxiety which can happen after someone has been through a really frightening and traumatic event in their life. They were normally either physically harmed or felt a very real threat of being harmed during that traumatic event. PTSD may occur immediately after the event, or several years later. I have also given PTSD hypnosis treatment to people in jobs where they have seen or heard traumatic events, such as the fire service or the army.
Which events can cause PTSD?
Very frightening, traumatic events that can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder include car crashes or major accidents, extreme violence, sexual assault or rape, bullying, terrorism or being held hostage, witnessing abuse or an upsetting death, complex childbirth, being diagnosed with a terminal illness and many other dreadful events in which one fears for one’s own life.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
You may be experiencing some or all of the following symptoms:
- Vivid flashbacks, reliving the trauma as if it is happening now
- Intense fear, panic and distress when memory is prompted by images, sights, sounds, words, dreams
- Hyper-arousal/extreme alertness, easily startled and on-edge
- Restless sleep
- Nausea, trembling and sweating
- Quick-tempered and over-sensitive
- Aggression and/or unreasonable behaviour towards others
- Self-destructive behaviour
- Substance abuse/alcohol abuse/self-harm
- Avoidance of talking about emotions or feelings
Why seek help now?
It is important to seek professional support to recover from PTSD, because this is a severe form of anxiety that can be haunting and debilitating. You might feel like you are going mad, trying to keep busy and avoiding anything that reminds you of the trauma. I am a clinical Post Traumatic Stress Disorder hypnotherapist in Kent, experienced in helping PTSD sufferers to overcome severe anxiety and start living life to the full again. It is possible to feel free of PTSD, so please don’t delay this non-medical, non-intrusive treatment.
Why doesn’t PTSD go away?
It’s the biology of survival. The fight or flight part of the brain links and locks permanently with the traumatic event so that you are alert and prepared to escape if a similar event should happen again. The problem with this is that, whenever memories of the event enter your mind, you become instantly alert and highly stressed, ready for fight or flight. This is called hyper-arousal. It is exhausting and distressing to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Clear memories of the full event are not stored correctly in the brain because it has been overwhelmed, so many everyday sensations can trigger severe anxiety and partial flashbacks. It is very hard to talk about the event or feelings related to it, as one has to re-live the trauma and the body’s survival instinct automatically kicks in as if under real threat.
What are flashbacks?
A PTSD flashback is when you vividly re-live part of the traumatic event that you were subjected to. Flashbacks can last anything from a few seconds to (rarely) a few days. It can feel as if it is happening right now in front of your eyes, like watching a movie clip. Many things can trigger a PTSD flashback, such as a specific location or person, a song or a movie, a noise or a smell. Flashbacks can also happen at random, for no apparent reason. You might feel actual pain, touch or pressure during a flashback, and it is likely you will be overwhelmed with emotion. Please don’t continue suffering from this severe form of anxiety when Hypnotherapy for PTSD is readily available. I can help unlock your potential and free you of flashbacks.
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