What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
This is a most debilitating condition where someone who has encountered a traumatic event in their past becomes very dysfunctional because those images haunt them.
It can be any kind of traumatic event, and can cause sleeplessness, high anxiety, irrational behaviour, erratic temperament, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, dissociation, derealisation and poor social skills.
It can affect people who are in car crashes, subject to violence or abuse, or soldiers in battle.
They relive the event again and again, constantly re-experiencing the trauma of the original event.
This can lead to insomnia, lack of sleep and ensuing psychosis. It also dramatically affects the families and friends of those of the person suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The event that triggers PTSD may also be due to violence or sexual assault where the person did not receive professional help at the time due to circumstances or lack of such help. The underlying sense of feeling traumatised may never have gone away and holds the person back in life for many years.
What can also happen is the person can function well for many years of their lives after the trauma but then one day an incident occurs that suddenly releases all the past memories and trauma of the original incident. That one event triggers what we call an abreaction, which literally means a reliving and re-enacting.
After that the person becomes sensitised and a variety of stressors can trigger off the continual reliving of the original trauma.
This constant reliving becomes out of the person’s conscious control and they begin to spiral in a dysfunctional state, sometimes not being able to work, deal with other people or even go out in public.
This is a very serious condition because things can become so bad for the person suffering from PTSD that they may be constantly plagued with thoughts of suicide and become so traumatised that they are unable to ask for help.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment
I am a specialist in fast recovery from trauma and have worked with thousands of victims of violence and sexual abuse as well as soldiers and a whole host of causes of PTSD.
In my Amazon Number 1 bestselling book Inspiration for Survive and Prosper: Personal Transformation Out of Crisis, I talk about different people who came to see me to recover from crisis and trauma and how they managed to recover their sanity and go on to live happy lives.
As traumatic and debilitating as this condition is, it can be treated very successfully with hypnosis and a technique called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming.
This wonderful hypnotic method was discovered in the late 1980s and since then has changed sufferers’ lives so they are able, in most cases, to return to normal functioning and enjoy living.
Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy are highly effective in helping sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder move past the original event, re-contextualise it in their lives and move forward to have calmer, more constructive futures.
It is important in these cases to help people deal with the outstanding emotions that they feel they have never been able to deal with so they are able to stop the re-traumatisation.
This rehabilitation can help the person get back to work and live some kind of normal life as well as being able to integrate back into their family and social networks once again.
Book your hypnotherapy appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.