Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious disorder than can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life. Alternative therapies are available to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Research in hypnotherapy is proving that it can help people who experience PTSD and other anxiety disorders. Treating PTSD is important to help people lead productive lives unaffected by previous stressful events.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after someone has experienced a traumatizing event. Symptoms of the disorder greatly reduce quality of life. Re-experiencing symptoms include flashbacks, scary thoughts, and bad dreams. Avoidance symptoms include losing interest in everyday activities, feeling depressed and avoiding places or things that bring back the painful experience. Many people also report feeling guilty, difficulty sleeping, anger, and trouble concentrating (National Institute of Mental Health).
Hypnosis is found to be beneficial in treating PTSD for two reasons. One, the symptoms of PTSD is similar to the phenomena experienced under hypnosis. And two, hypnosis has been shown to reduce symptoms of PTSD. The aim of hypnotherapy is to unlock stored emotion so that the trauma can be revisited and explored from a different perspective.
The success of hypnotherapy depends greatly on the client’s ability to follow instructions and a personal desire for change. As such, hypnotherapy results vary from person to person and I cannot offer any guarantee of success. If you do not want to change, for yourself, you are advised to seek help through other avenues. If you have been sent by another practitioner, then you need to decide on what changes need to be made.