PTSD and Hypnotherapy

On October 10th, on its Breakfast Program,the BBC ran a story about Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The story coincided with a national advertising campaign that seeks to reach out to current and former military personnel, encouraging these men and women to get help if they are suffering from PTSD. Those who feel they might be suffering from PTSD can go to a specific website where a self assessment questionnaire helps an individual determine the severity of their symptoms in relation to stress and PTSD.

PTSD has long been recognised. Many veterans from the Falklands War suffer from PTSD. Manifestations of the disorder include, but are not limited to, depression, insomnia, panic attacks and anger. These in turn may lead to alienation, drug and alcohol dependence, unemployment, homelessness and even suicide. The same symptoms are evident in some men and women who fought in the First Gulf War, the Iraq War or are currently involved with the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

The BBC program highlighted that help is available for PTSD. The specific type or types of help were not elaborated upon, but no doubt they were referring to various forms of counselling or talking therapies. Counselling certainly can help and there is a general recognition that non-medical or non-prescription approaches to PTSD are effective. As the underlying causes of PTSD are emotional, it seems to me that hypnotherapy is very well suited to help anyone with PTSD or anyone suffering with depression, insomnia, panic attacks or anger as an individual symptom, or in combination. With an experienced and skilled hypnotherapist, a person suffering with PTSD learns to confront and assuage the fear and guilt that often form the foundations of PTSD. Suggestion therapy and hypnoanalysis are safe and effective methods of healing the emotional wounds that surface as PTSD.