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A More Effective Way of Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious potentially debilitating medical disorder which can affect anyone at any age. It occurs in people who have (directly) experienced or witnessed a life-threatening or traumatic event such as war, natural disaster, a tragic accident, the sudden death of a loved one, a terrorist attack, kidnapping, rape, sexual or physical abuse, childhood neglect or assault.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), there are about 7.7 million Americans aged 18 and above who have PTSD and that this medical disorder also occurs in children and, most especially, members of the military.

PTSD can develop either shortly after a traumatic event or months (sometimes even years) after the trauma occurred and, while some individuals can recover from the trauma, those with PTSD continue to suffer from severe anxiety and depression for a very long time.

The symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Recurrence of unwanted and distressing memories (of the traumatic event);
  • Flashbacks, which make an individual re-experiencing the traumatic event as if it were happening again;
  • Emotional distress and nightmares about the traumatic event;
  • Inability to concentrate, as well as inability to relax the mind and body;
  • Lasting stress, tension, fears;
  • Sleep and anxiety disorders resulting in body tensions and chronic physical pain.

People who have PTSD are not the only ones affected, though, for even those around them get affected too as relationships are usually harmed due to the changes in the patient’s’ way of thinking and acting.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of antidepressant medicine that can help control the symptoms of PTSD. However, the relief these offer is just temporary and does not solve the real problem. Another major concern is that majority of those who have PTSD are not even aware that they have it so that they never get any form of treatment. People with undiagnosed PTSD include those who were emotionally or sexually abused during their formative years and those who grew up under the care of alcoholic parents, who always resorted to violence, yelling, fighting and bullying.

Rather than the temporary relief provided by SSRI drugs, many rather use hypnosis or hypnotherapy in treating this medical disorder. A more effective way of curing post traumatic stress disorder is through the combination of different forms of treatment which include hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)