Although its symptoms have been documented since the time of Herodotus, the idea of a mental illness called “post traumatic stress disorder” did not gain currency until the latter half of the 20th century.
Post traumatic stress syndrome, or disorder (PTSD or PTSS for short) is a serious psychological condition that can develop after an individual experiences or witnesses a very emotionally painful or life-threatening event. Bloody military battles, child abuse, torture, kidnapping, and serious accidents are all examples of situations that could trigger PTSD. The effects of PTSD are severe and long-term. Patients often require years of counseling or therapy, and some may never fully recover.
How PTSD/PTSS Progresses
People experience post traumatic stress disorder in response to situations that make them feel helpless, vulnerable, and afraid in a permanent way. A wide variety of situations can cause people to develop PTSD. At the same time, not all people who undergo trauma will suffer from PTSD. Some people can survive the worst accidents, undergo the most harrowing psychological tests, and even suffer permanent, serious physical injuries without developing PTSD. Although they get injured physically, they manage to survive unscathed mentally.
‘Hypnotherapy Helps With Post Traumatic Disorder’
Symptoms Of A Long-Term Problem
Other people will experience the exact same traumas (or even, seemingly, less severe ones) and develop all the symptoms of PTSD. These include nightmares and uncontrollable flashbacks to the time of the incident. They also include refusing to talk about or even allude to the incident for fear of losing control. People with PTSD experience constant stress and worry. The horror of what happened to them is always at the back of their minds. Often, PTSD sufferers feel isolated and alienated from their environment, unable to relate to those around them because of their own pre-occupation with past horrors.
Ways To Lessen Post Traumatic Stress
PTSD is always very painful, both to the suffer and to those who are close to him or her. PTSD robs the sufferer of the person he or she once was. It robs loved ones of the person they once knew. Fortunately, mental health professionals have developed a number of ways to lessen, or perhaps even cure, some of the more debilitating effects of PTSD. These include counseling and therapy encouraging survivors to talk about their experience in a safe, controlled, understanding environment. Additionally, hypnotherapy and NLP are valuable alternatives for those averse to traditional therapy.
Change Your Perspective With Hypnotherapy And NLP
Lately, some sufferers of PTSD have started using hypnotherapy and NLP to help them readjust to life after a major tragedy. NLP experts have developed techniques to help trauma survivors after long studies and interviews of those who managed to get over their PTSD (whether through therapy or on their own). The experts found that people who once suffered from PTSD but no longer do so have learned to think differently about their traumatic experience.
For many PTSD sufferers, their past tragedy is like a movie that replays uncontrollably in their minds. Their memories have, understandably, focused on the worst, most helplessness-inducing parts of their experience. Meanwhile, those who have recovered from PTSD remember their past tragedy in a more neutral light. Practitioners of NLP and hypnotherapy teach recent trauma survivors to re-interpret their tragedy. They “rewire” the minds of recent survivors of post traumatic stress, teaching them to think more like those who’ve had years to recover.