Five Signs Of PTSD And How Hypnotherapy Aids

DSM V diagnostic categories break down the many symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder into five main categories: Avoidance (Exposed), Avoidance, Alteration (Arousal), and Avoidance (Avertance). Because it goes to the root causes of PTSD, hypnotherapy is very effective in treating it.

Below is a list of all five of these areas and how hypnotherapy for PTSD works to treat them.

1. Exposure

Clients are affected by a traumatic incident (an attack, disaster, or accident) or a sustained series of traumatic incidents (such as ongoing psychological or physical abuse as a child/adult), which changes their perception of reality.

Hypnotherapy: How Does It Help?

Hypnotherapy will not erase trauma but it can address the causes and effects of those events. Hypnotherapy allows clients access to information and data that is stored within their physical bodies, their subconscious, and their energetic fields. You can look at the actual trauma, process it, and express your emotions. Negative thoughts and beliefs can be released, which can help you transform your life.

2. Intrusion

As mentioned, trauma has many effects on the brain as well as the body. Trauma can cause disruptions in daily life through nightmares, flashbacks, and distressing memories. Most clients who suffer intrusive symptoms report feeling completely out of control.

Hypnotherapy: How Does It Help?

Clients are given many tools, resources, opportunities, and ways to regain control in a hypnotherapy session. One method called ego strengthening uses multiple techniques to help clients get in touch with their strongest, wisest, and most courageous parts. Doing this helps clients remember their agency and provides a physical anchor to “lock-in” the resource via mind/body communication.

3. Avoidance

As one would expect, trauma victims will do their best to avoid a recurrence. A lot of avoidance symptoms can be due to conscious choice (avoiding certain people or places, etc.), but clients also have the option of ‘avoiding’ dissociation and substance abuse or addictive behavior.

Hypnotherapy: How Does It Help?

Many types of regression are possible to help the client deal with traumatic memories. The hypnotherapist uses creativity and imagination to help clients process past events. But this time, they have access to resources that were not available during the original event. The hypnotherapist can use trance to alter the way the brain processes memories and affect the way they function in the body.

4. Alteration

Trauma affects our personalities, moods, memory, motivation, cognitive function, perception, and personality. It also changes families, relationships, and systems. After a trauma, sensory perceptions are altered and safety is forever altered. However, victims of trauma notice significant changes in the conclusions they make.

Hypnotherapy: How Does It Help?

Hypnotherapy opens the door to the subconscious. Through hypnotherapy, clients can gain insight into the key events that led up to their trauma by working with a skilled therapist. Trance allows clients to feel the moment(s) when their conclusions became negative. Clients are then able to alter their distorted beliefs and reclaim what they have lost.

5. Arousal

A history of trauma, particularly if left untreated can result in significant behavioral or functional changes. Trauma that is not treated will continue to try and get out. It can cause chronic shock, somatic, or physical illness. High-risk or reckless behavior could also be a sign of arousal.

Hypnotherapy: How Does It Help?

It is helpful to think of arousal as the body trying to heal and get our attention. Alternately, arousal signs are a sign that the body is responding to trauma (fight, flight, or freeze). To heal trauma, the body must be allowed to move. Therapist should help clients to release their trauma.


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