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Stress is not a new experience for anyone. We have all experienced it. However, for some it is a daily challenge. Everybody reacts differently; some will find one set of circumstances far more stressful than others. In certain traumatic conditions, a person can become overwhelmed by these feelings of stress, and this overload can lead to a lack of ability to cope. It is at this stage that real problems can develop, which are difficult to control. Consequentially, the effect on day to day life can become serious, and lead to a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD can be attributed to events such as being mugged or assaulted, experiencing a natural disaster or witnessing a terrible scene. Although we tend to relate PTSD to atrocities on the battlefield, it can easily affect Joe public as well. Recollections or ‘flashbacks’ of the event can bring on long lasting symptoms, which impact a person’s everyday life to various extremes of detriment.

‘Flashbacks’ experienced by someone with PTSD can trigger feelings of anxiousness and stress. These echoes, and the feelings that come with them, are often very tiring, and also lead to sleeping disorders, bringing about difficulties paying attention and thus creating problems at work and home. Depressed mood and anxious feelings are not uncommon with people suffering from PTSD. This constant state of anxiety can also lead to physical signs and symptoms, such as stomach problems or headache.

Treatment often includes medication to manage the anxious feelings and depression. However, hypnotherapy is an alternative option to help PTSD sufferers, and is notably good at keeping them calm and lessening feelings of anguish.

Hypnosis for PTSD can reduce feelings of anxiousness and panic as it can alter the subconscious mind such that attention is directed away from negative harmful ideas and images towards more favourable alternatives. Most people really enjoy being in a trance state, and this allows them to become both physically and mentally relaxed. The additional advantage of being in hypnosis is that the hypnotherapist can work directly with the parts of the mind in charge of their emotional responses to the original event.

The aim of hypnotheraputic tactics would be to remove stress and the problems this causes, and furthermore to enhance feelings of self-worth and self-esteem. The idea is to change the habitual responses induced by the event into more appropriate ones that would be considered ‘normal’ in the present situation. Typically, hypnotherapy is a quick, solution focused approach, which leads to noticeable improvements after just a few sessions. It can help with day to day living as a whole and tackle any problems with family and work life too.