Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

There has been considerable awareness that British military personnel can and do suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During the First and Second World Wars it was simply known as “shell shock”, and the causes of PTSD have been known and generally acknowledged from those times. PTSD continues to take it’s toll as a result of the Falklands War, the Gulf War and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The symptoms of PTSD are several and varied. The symptoms range from an occasional sudden state of heightened anxiety right through to depression, anger, panic attacks, emotional withdrawal leading to substance abuse, self harming and even suicide. What hasn’t been as widely acknowledged is that there is help for PTSD but many serving and ex-military personnel don’t know where to turn for help.

After the first two world wars, military personnel who had PTSD were simply given a pat on the back and told to get on with their lives. Today, a combination of accelerated cognitive therapy used in conjunction with suggestion hypnotherapy, provided over a course of just a few sessions, can diminish the emotional symptoms of PTSD.

The sufferer of PTSD regains a sense of control over their life through greater confidence, self esteem, and having the opportunity to divulge the situations and circumstances that caused the emotional harm in the first place.

An empathic therapist that actively listens, and then provides positive suggestions on an emotional level, achieves results. The sufferer of PTSD acknowledges that the past can’t be undone, but the emotional suffering can be significantly diminished.