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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and hypnosis

PTSD affects more than just those who suffer from it, and there is help!
PTSD affects more than just those who suffer from it, and there is help!

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) according to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia is “a type of anxiety disorder which can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death.” While PTSD is generally diagnosed in men and women who have served in the military during combat, PTSD can occur in anyone at any age. It can follow a natural disaster such as a flood or fire, or events such as:

 Assault
 Domestic abuse
 Prison stay
 Rape
 Terrorism
 War

Some people who were involved in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have shown symptoms of PTSD. The disorder has even been seen in people who saw the disaster and people who lost relatives and friends.

PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.

The symptoms of PTSD can show up suddenly, gradually, or over time. Sometimes symptoms seem to come out of the blue or they may be triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event, like a noise, an image, certain words, or a smell. While everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are three main types of symptoms:

1. Re-experiencing the traumatic event
 Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
 Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
 Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
 Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
 Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)

2. Avoiding reminders of the trauma
 Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
 Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
 Loss of interest in activities and life in general
 Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
 Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)

3. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
 Difficulty falling or staying asleep
 Irritability or outbursts of anger
 Difficulty concentrating
 Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
 Feeling jumpy and easily startled

PTSD is treatable. Those who suffer from PTSD can and do lead normal lives, but many need assistance in dealing with the anxiety. If you or someone you know is suffering from these symptoms, please contact your primary care physician immediately. There is help through medical and hypnotherapeutic means. Don’t suffer in the dark, alone. Get help today.


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