5 Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and How Hypnotherapy Can Help

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Written by Nancy

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) comes with a wide range of troubling symptoms that manifest depending on the individual’s experiences and circumstances. To make diagnosis and consequent treatment easier, researchers have divided these symptoms into the following five diagnostic categories: Exposure, Intrusion, Avoidance, Alteration, and Arousal.

In this piece, we’ll go over each category and discuss how hypnotherapy can help.

Category 1: Exposure

Individuals who experience a traumatic incident (an assault, accident, or disaster) or a prolonged series of traumatic events (such as ongoing physical, psychological or sexual abuse) often have a changed perception of the world around them.

The trauma imprints on the person in such a way that they think they are constantly under threat. This forces the body to react in one of the following ways: freeze, fight, or flight.

How does hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy allows users to extract information from their subconscious mind so it can be directly assessed. The traumatic event can then be discussed, assessed, expressed, and thoroughly processed so that any negative long-term conclusions can be re-contextualized.

Category 2: Intrusion

Nightmares, flashbacks, and distressing memories from the incident disrupt daily life and prevent individuals from leading an independent life. These symptoms are often intrusive, which makes the person feel like they have no control over their life.

How does hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy uses a variety of techniques to help individuals regain the sense of control they desire. For instance, ego strengthening involves increasing the client’s self-esteem and psychological strength by directing them toward their positive features.

Category 3: Avoidance

Many people who undergo trauma exhibit avoidance behavior. This can be a conscious choice where people deliberately remove themselves from social situations; it can also manifest as addictive behaviors, substance abuse, and avoidance via dissociation.

How does hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy focuses on the overall well-being of a person, including physical, emotional, mental, spiritual well-being. For instance, if the person turns to addictive substances, hypnotherapy will not only help the person process the negative event but also involve drug treatment.

Category 4: Alteration

Trauma can change personality, memory, mood, motivation and perception. Consequently, it also affects external factors like families, relationships, and dealings. The event can cause altered perceptions that can lead to negative conclusions about themselves (such as I deserved it because I’m bad) or in general (such as all people are evil or men are dangerous).

How does hypnotherapy help?

A skilled hypnotherapist can help navigate the process of change and determine exactly when the conclusions started to turn negative. During careful and modulated regression, the person can change the distorted beliefs and improve social relationships.

Category 5: Arousal

Untreated trauma can also result in marked behavioral and functional changes. These can manifest in hypervigilance, physical illness, chronic shock, problems sleeping, and even high-risk behavior.

How does hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy helps the person process the trauma that they were previously unable to do. Hypnotherapy allows clients to let their emotions out and process them, so they don’t reflect on arousal symptoms all the time.

Corrective experiences such as screaming out loud, hitting the perpetrator, and telling a trusted person about the incident help clients release pent up feelings and move forward successfully.

Need Help?

Are you or a loved one suffering from any of the above symptoms of PTSD? Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples can help you! The Certified Medical Support, Clinical Hypnotherapy Specialists offer anxiety therapy, drug treatment therapy, alcohol addiction therapy, and PTSD treatment services in Naples, FL.

Schedule an appointment with the cognitive experts today.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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