Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – The name describes it. This is a serious mental illness that develops after trauma or as a result of prolonged stress instead of a single trauma. Without proper treatment, PTSD can lead to a range of other disorders including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts.
Some people have PTDS for much of their lives without being aware that their heightened state of anxiety is not completely normal.
Some more common symptoms are:
- Intrusive memories often taking the form of recurring, upsetting memories of the event, flashbacks which feel as though the trauma is being experienced all over again, distressing dreams about the event and severe emotional and physical reactions to stimuli that may remind the person of the event.
- Avoidance symptoms involve avoiding places, activities or people that remind the person of the traumatic event or actively working to avoid thinking about the event. These may include phobias where people are unaware they were ever traumatised.
- Negative mood and thinking about one’s self or others, feeling hopeless, having trouble remembering important aspects of the trauma, or experiencing an inability to feel positive emotions.
- Changes in emotional reactions can include anger or irritability, aggressive behaviour, trouble concentrating or sleeping and always feeling on guard.
PTSD has been treated by the medical profession as a long term problem to be managed rather than resolved and usually medication was involved along with regression practises with actually serve to re-traumatise the person. Treatments have typically continued for years without much improvement.
Today the Richards Trauma Process (click to learn more) has been recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence which is a body that analyses up to date health data to provide guidelines regarding quality care, as the Most Powerful, Successful Treatment of PTSD.
Just Imagine…No more flashbacks, angry outbursts, depression, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, hyper-alertness and no more jumpy and easily startled responses, plus an improvement in relationships! All in less than one month.
Jean Cannon is specialist Richards Trauma Process hypnotherapist and you can book here or phone 1300 88 3646 and leave a message to ask Jean for help.