Do You Have PTSD?

Child suffering from PTSD

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder didn’t come into our medical lexicon until 1980. It wasn’t that the condition did not exist before, but rather it was called by other names. in 1905 the Russians called it “Battle Shock”, in WWI it was known as “Shell Shock”, and in WWII we called it “Combat Exhaustion”. Whatever it was called it has existed since man had his first close call with death.

Do You Have PTSD?

“I was upset a few days ago when a car almost crashed into me. Does that mean I will get PTSD?” No, its normal to have upsetting memories from traumatic events and you may even struggle for a short time with sleeplessness or feeling on edge. If the symptoms persist for more than a couple of months though you may have PTSD. For some people the onset of symptoms can be instantaneous, but others may see the onset of symptoms delayed significantly.

We tend to think of PTSD as something only related to combat troops, or at least, to adults. PTSD doesn’t just affect soldiers in war. It also affects children of all ages. The signs and symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Flashbacks – reliving the event as if it were occurring in the present. Bad dreams and nightmares
  • Avoidance – avoiding any situation which may bring back memories of the event.
  • Negativity – thinking about yourself as non-worthy, feeling guilt or shame, lacking the ability to trust.
  • Hyperarousal – On edge and alert to any danger (real or imagined), trouble concentrating, dependent on numbing agents such as alcohol or drugs to the point of abuse.

PTSD can happen to anyone and should never be considered a sign of weakness. We already know that combat stress can cause PTSD, but anyone can get it if they have a long or intense trauma, become injured during an event, including suffering a sexual assault. Stress can make PTSD more likely while social support can make it less likely. There are no hard and fast rules for developing the disorder.

Can Children Suffer From PTSD?

Children under 6 with PTSD might have trouble sleeping or need to be close to their parents all the time. They may also “act” out the event during play. Children 7~11 may also have nightmares, be more easily irritated or aggressive, avoid school or have trouble “fitting in” with their peers. Older children have symptoms similar to adults; depression, anxiety, withdrawal, reckless behavior, substance abuse, or running away.

People with PTSD may also have other problems:

  • Hopelessness, shame or despair
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Drinking or drug abuse
  • Chronic pain
  • Inability to hold a job or problems at work
  • Relationship problems

How Does Hypnosis Help?

Hypnosis is a very effective way of dealing with stress. Let’s break down the terminology of PTSD.

  • POST – after something
  • TRAUMATIC – an event that is trauma related either physically or mentally
  • STRESS – “The non-specific response of the body to any demand for change” – Hans Selye
  • DISORDER – an abnormal condition

As you can see, the most important term here is “STRESS”. The human brain remembers trauma by recreating the same chemicals felt during the actual event. In essence what is happening is we “feel” the same as if the traumatic event was recurring in real time. I use regression techniques during clinical sessions to help a client release the emotions and reasons for continued stress.

Does Hypnosis Make You Forget The Trauma?

Regression does not make the client forget the trauma, but rather allows for emotions to be lessoned so that the intellect can prevail. When a traumatic event occurs the limbic system combines higher mental functions and primitive emotion into one. Hypnosis allows the subconscious to deal with the traumatic thoughts without heavy emotions attached. Along with positive reinforcement it is very effective for putting the event which caused the PTSD into proper perspective.

*Conroe Life Changes does not diagnose or treat. We help everyday people with everyday problems. if you are being treated by a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist, Conroe Life Changes requires a referral from your doctor before your first session.

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