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Stress, Trauma and PTSD

 

  • Have you undergone extreme trauma?
  • Does the trauma stay with you and 
    affect on your ability to feel safe?
  • Are you getting panic attacks from past
    trauma?
  • Are you experiencing Post Traumatic Stress
    Disorder(PTSD)
  • Are you experiencing Trauma Flashbacks?
  • Are your childhood traumas affecting your
    relationships and attitudes?

Approximately seven or eight of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to experience PTSD than men.

What is PTSD?

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a treatable anxiety disorder affecting around 3 million Australians at some time in their lives. It happens when fear, anxiety, and memories of a traumatic event don’t go away. The feelings last for a long time and interfere with how people cope with.

Symptoms:

Stress and PTSD  can vary from mild to severe, but are not limited to the following:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma
  • Repetitive memories (or flashbacks) that are hard to control and intrude into everyday life.
  • Nightmares
  • Extreme distress caused by reminders of the trauma.
  • Memories or disturbing thoughts that can be prompted by smells, sounds, words, or other triggers.
  • Irritableor aggressive behavior
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Poor concentration

What causes PTSD?

PTSD can be caused by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. An event that was potentially life-threatening or involved serious injury or violence. 

The kinds of experiences that can potentially cause PTSD are:

  • A natural disaster such as bushfires, floods and earthquakes
  • Living in a war zone, as a victim of war or a soldier
  • Sexual assault or threatened sexual assault.
  • Serious physical assault
  • Seeing people hurt or killed.
  • Serious accidents

    Trauma is divided into three main types:

    Acute Trauma:

    It mainly results from a single distressing event, such as an accident, rape, assault, or natural disaster. The event is extreme enough to threaten the person’s emotional or physical security, the event creates a lasting impression on the person’s mind. If not addressed through medical help The event creates a lasting impression on the person’s mind. If not addressed through medical help or Psychotherapies, it can affect the way the person thinks and behaves. Acute trauma generally presents in the form of Excessive anxiety or panic, Irritation, confusion, inability to restful sleep, feeling of disconnection from the surroundings, and more.

    Chronic trauma:

    It happens when a person is exposed to multiple, long-term, and/or prolonged distressing, traumatic events over an extended period. Chronic trauma may result from a serious long-term illness, sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, and exposure to extreme situations, such as a war. Several events of acute trauma, as well as untreated acute trauma, may progress into chronic trauma. The symptoms are deeply distressing, fatigue, unpredictable emotional outbursts, anxiety, extreme anger, and flashback. 

    Complex trauma:

    It is a result of exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events or experiences. The events are generally within the context of an interpersonal (between people) relationship. It may give the person a feeling of being trapped. Complex trauma often has a severe impact on the person’s mind. It may be seen in individuals who have been victims of childhood abuse, family disputes, and other repetitive situations, such as civil unrest. It affects the person’s overall health, relationships, and performance at work or school.

    How does hypnotherapy help?

    Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. The brain’s natural response to a dangerous or life-threatening situation is known as the “fight, flight, freeze” response. During a crisis, the amygdala alerts the hypothalamus to release stress hormones that cause the sympathetic nervous system to react appropriately. Once the danger has passed, the brain stops producing those stress hormones and returns to normal functioning.

    With PTSD however, a person has not been able to process the traumatic event and the brain’s natural process is disrupted. When situations arise in the future that remind a person of the original trauma, the fight, flight, freeze response can be triggered unnecessarily. With its emphasis on physical and mental relaxation, hypnotherapy can be a highly effective intervention for PTSD.

     

    “Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”  William James

    TREATMENT

    Cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT)

    CBT is a type of psychotherapy that has consistently been the most effective treatment of PTSD in both short and long terms. CBT for PTSD is trauma-focused, meaning the trauma event(s) are the center of the treatment.

    Clinical hypnotherapy

    The hypnotherapist guides the individual in therapy into a hypnotic state, then engages the person in conversation or speaks to the person about a certain key issue. It is strongly believed that the emotions and thoughts that an individual comes into contact with while under hypnosis are crucial to healing.

    Mindfulness and relaxation

    Mindfulness and relaxation have long lasting proven results to help people with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief and many more.

     

     

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