Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to one or more terrifying events that threatened or caused grave physical harm. It is a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to an extreme psychological trauma. This incident may involve someone’s actual death, a threat to the individual’s or someone else’s life, serious physical injury, or threat to physical or psychological integrity, which overwhelm the individual’s usual psychological defenses. In some cases it can also be from profound psychological and emotional trauma, apart from any actual physical harm. Often, however, the two are combined. PTSD is a condition distinct from traumatic stress, which has less intensity and duration, and combat stress reaction, which is transitory. Although the perceived stigma is that PTSD is something our servicemen might suffer from, any traumatic event can trigger these reactions e.g. a car crash, terrorist incident or even just being witness to a horrific event and/or its aftermath. Hypnosis is a valuable tool in dealing with PTSD as the original incident can be examined and desensitized within a safe environment thus dealing appropriately with the traumatic emotions borne out of the original incident.