Many of us experience events which put us or someone else in danger making us feel overwhelmed, frightened and anxious, such as being involved in or seeing an accident of some kind or perhaps being mugged.
After a traumatic experience everyone will feel some degree of stress. For most people these symptoms will pass and they will get over their experience without needing to seek help. In some people the stress response doesn't diminish and they find it difficult to come to terms with what has happened, which can affect them for months or even years after the event.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological and physical condition that can affect people who have experienced a traumatic event in their life. It is thought that up to 30% of people who go through a traumatic experience, develop post traumatic stress disorder and it affects people in a variety of ways. Some people, such as soldiers, police, ambulance and fire brigade personnel, are more likely to witness the kind of events that can lead to PTSD.
With hypnotherapy we do not focus on what has happened to you in the past (and in affect making you relive it). Instead we look at ways for you to move forward and you will start to look forward to the future and achieving your goals.
Hypnotherapy can help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels helping you to get back in control of your thoughts and feelings. It helps you have a more positive outlook on life which is very important as PTSD sufferers can often give themselves a hard time about feeling the way they do.
There are a wide variety of symptoms that affect people with PTSD and it also varies in severity depending on the person. Symptoms generally develop immediately after the traumatic event, although in some cases the reaction can be delayed for weeks, months or years. Some of the symptoms include:;
When we suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, we are constantly in fight or flight mode and our body produces adrenaline and other stress hormones.
The hippocampus is the part of the brain involved with PTSD. It is the bit that processes memories. When we have a high level of stress hormones in the brain, the hippocampus cannot perform its job as well as it should and cannot process the memories of the trauma effectively, causing flashbacks and nightmares. Because these memories have not been processed properly, they do not go away and continue to be a source of anxiety and stress trapping us in a vicious circle.
Hypnotherapy can help you to reduce your anxiety and stress levels allowing the brain to produce serotonin more effectively boosting your mood. Once your anxiety and stress levels have been reduced, your brain can start to process the memories and your flashbacks and nightmares will slowly disappear.
Hypnotherapy helps to alleviate the symptoms associated with PTSD helping you to get your life back on track. The memories will still be there but you will be able to think about them without becoming distressed or feeling like you're under threat. You will be able to think about them when you want rather than at inappropriate times - you'll be in control!
We use hypnotherapy to help you come to terms with your memories, teach you new ways of thinking so that you are more in control of your thoughts so that you can keep your mood stable. We use relaxation and breathing techniques as well as other hypnosis techniques to help you to reduce any physical symptoms of anxiety and stress. PTSD effects everyone differently so we will discuss your specific needs in the initial consultation.
To book an initial consultation to discuss how Hypnotherapy can help post traumatic stress disorder, call 07851 307 062 or email.
Get Help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Hypnotherapy in Bristol