Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that occurs after someone has experienced (or witnessed) some form of trauma. This may be physical or emotional in nature.
One of the symptoms of PTSD is experiencing severe anxiety, however this is different to the standard form of anxiety.
Anxiety in general involves the future, and worrying about what might happen. Those with anxiety may be concerned about a variety of situations.
For those with PTSD, the anxiety is related to the past – they are anxious because the situation reminds them of the traumatic event.
Other symptoms of PTSD include:
- avoidance of triggers.
A trigger can be anything that reminds them of the traumatic event. It is typically these triggers that cause anxiety. Avoiding triggers can understandably make day-to-day tasks difficult.
The most commonly used therapies for PTSD are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Using different techniques, these both aim to help reduce the impact of the traumatic memories.
Alongside these treatments, many people find hypnotherapy useful. Hypnotherapy for PTSD looks to ‘unlock’ pent-up emotion in order to revisit the trauma and explore it from a different perspective. There are different types of hypnosis that can be used for PTSD, two of which are cognitive hypnotherapy and analytical hypnotherapy. Both work on deeper levels, working with the unconscious mind to alleviate negative beliefs related to the trauma.