Posted on 24 June 2014
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which may develop following exposure to any one of a variety of traumatic events. PTSD can develop in any situation where a person feels extreme fear, horror or helplessness. The traumatic event could even be witnessed rather than directly experienced and sometimes just learning about it may be sufficient to cause PTSD if the persons involved are family members or close friends. The type of events that can cause PTSD include, violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, sexual abuse, mugging or robbery, military combat, serious road accidents, witnessing violent deaths
Sufferers will often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks and they may experience feelings of isolation, irritability, heightened awareness and guilt.
PTSD can be successfully treated, even when it develops many years after a traumatic event. EMI (Eye Movement Integration) and hypnosis can successfully treat PTSD. Eye Movement Integration is a powerful psychological method for treating emotional difficulties and for many clients it provides more rapid relief from emotional distress than conventional psychotherapies. EMI is a similar technique to EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).
Once treated, clients describe how the memories are still there, but the emotional response is at a different level and how they cope with and deal with the memories is completely transformed.
Author: Fiona Nicolson is a practising and professionally qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist and a member of the CNHC. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the National Council for Hypnotherapy. Fiona is also an Anxiety UK recognised therapist – Anxiety UK is the largest organisation in the UK specialising in Anxiety disorders.
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