There are so many different settings trauma can be experienced, in your home, job, community, what’s currently happening in the world with conflicts and over the last year and half during Covid19.
It’s not the event it’s how you personally experience the event which defines it as traumatic. Experiencing or witnessing the event can be disturbing or deeply distressing.
Here are some examples:
- Violent assault
- Sexual assault
- Witnessing violence
- Traumatic loss
- Road traffic accident
- Sudden illness
- Life threatening illness when diagnosed
- Medical trauma
- Being hospitalised
- Terrorist attack
- Natural disasters such as flooding
- Pandemic such as Covid 19
What is PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder, which typically develops after being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event. Once believed to only affect those involved in war, PTSD can affect anyone.
Here’s a thought-provoking statistic…
7 out of every 100 people will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at some point in their lives
Trauma Symptoms you may be experiencing
Of course, feeling fear when facing a scary or potentially dangerous situation is entirely normal. In fact, this fear is essential to our survival. It triggers reactions in the body which aim to save our life if threatened. This fight or flight reaction is natural and works to protect us.
Most people will experience a number of reactions after facing trauma, though will typically recover a short while after the event. For some people, however, these symptoms do not ease. They may feel frightened and stressed, experience flashbacks long after the event, and during regular situations. It’s when these symptoms do not disappear and start to hinder everyday life.
The symptoms can range from mild to severe and will often come and go in waves. There may be times when you feel jumpy and anxious and other times when you feel disjointed and listless.
When situations arise in the future that remind a person of the original trauma, the fight or flight response can be triggered unnecessarily.
The brain’s natural response to a dangerous or life-threatening situation is what is known as the “fight or flight”. With PTSD however, a person has not been able to process the traumatic event and the brain’s natural process is disrupted.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is thought to affect one in every three people who have a traumatic experience. It is not yet clear why some people develop the condition, and others don’t. PTSD can develop immediately after the experience, or it can appear weeks, months, or even years after.
Does hypnotherapy work for PTSD and trauma
If you think you may be suffering from PTSD - or if your PTSD symptoms have worsened due to the pandemic you may need help - and help is at hand, with hypnotherapy and eye movement desensitisation (IEMT).
Hypnotherapy emphasises physical, mental relaxation, desensitisation, effective way to process troublesome memories of trauma and is a highly effective intervention for PTSD.
PLUS, hypnotherapy and IEMT are:
Drug-free and offers rapid results and resolves underlying issues
Hypnotherapy will tailor techniques specifically to you, helping you to manage symptoms and recognise potential triggers, as well as changing the way you react to them.
How do I get help
Why not book a FREE consultation now to help get you back on track and give you the coping skills and mechanisms you need to gain back control.