Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a condition experienced by a variety of people who have experienced extremely stressful situations. A stressful situation can be either one extreme event or the prolonged intensity of traumatic events. The symptoms are the same.
While most people associate PTSD with soldiers, PTSD occurs among a broad range of people. Even children who have experienced abuse or neglect can grow up to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. Often the emotions of the experience are so incredibly intense the person cannot deal with them.
A variety of situations can cause PTSD:
- Natural disasters
- A car or plane crash
- Violent assault
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Medical procedures (especially in kids)
Hypnosis can be useful in the treatment of PTSD because of the ability of a person to examine the event from a disassociated position while under hypnosis. In other words, you don’t have to relive the event or feel the emotions. While under hypnosis, it becomes easy to see the event from a detached viewpoint allowing the brain to process the feelings naturally.
For instance, if a person had PTSD after a car accident, an excellent way to overcome the trauma is to imagine what the accident would have looked like if you had been standing across the street. Then imagine what the accident looked like if you had been a block away. And then imagine the accident as it is viewed from inside a helicopter, well above the accident.
By examining a situation from various points of view, hypnosis allows the person suffering from PTSD to file the information in the subconscious mind in a different way. By enabling the brain to process the event under hypnosis, the subconscious stops trying to bring it to the surface to be treated, causing repeated stress.
If you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you must seek out treatment. Without treatment, many people never regain their feeling of normalcy. The brain remains in a state of psychological shock that can adversely affect one’s entire life.
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