Hypnosis can help with a number of anxiety related disorders. One condition that has proved to be aided a great deal with hypnosis is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, when combined with other complimentary treatments.
PTSD occurs when a person has gone through a traumatic event, which was psychologically damaging. The causes of this illness span the gauntlet of negative experiences and include things as varied as being the victim of abuse, or being injured in a car crash, or seeing a fellow soldier fall on the battlefield.
A few facts about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
• As many as 5.2 million people experience PTSD each year, though the nature of it, and some social stigmas surrounding sufferers, can cause people to be afraid to talk about it or seek help.
• Sufferers often experience intrusions, AKA flashbacks, which take them back to the time of their initial trauma. This triggers their fight or flight mechanism, despite their being in a safe place, like their home or doctor’s office.
• For sufferers of PTSD, the symptoms can be crippling, interfering with nearly every aspect of their lives, including home and work. It is closely linked to a myriad of symptoms, including rage, suicidal thoughts, etc.
• Many sufferers also have a related mental illness such as depression.
• It is incredibly common among men and women who have seen battle firsthand. According to PTSD.va.gov, as many as 10% of Gulf War vets, 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan, and as much as 30% of Vietnam veterans came back home with PTSD.
• Insomnia and night terrors are common, as the person who survived the trauma might feel vulnerable to re-experiencing their trauma once they fall asleep.
Some sufferers are unable to relax for fear of danger, as they’re trying to protect themselves or in some cases, their loved ones, from a perceived threat. By using hypnosis, it’s possible to bring about a state of relaxed focus, and, in this state, remind them that they are in a safe place, and that there is no threat.
By calming the person’s mind, and assuaging their fears, hypnotherapists are able to bring the patient out of the hyper aroused or hyper vigilant state they so often find themselves in due to their PTSD.
When combined with other complementary forms of therapy, PTSD sufferers who are hypnotized have been shown to have significant symptom reduction, especially in terms of reducing the amount of flashbacks and increasing their ability to sleep peacefully.