Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that occurs following a traumatic event. People that have been in military combat, experienced natural disasters, terrorist attacks or any type of trauma, or even witnessed trauma, may have been effected by PTSD.
Psychological damage from the PTSD can trigger symptoms such as:
- Problems sleeping
- Problems concentrating
- Feelings of depression/isolation
- Panic attacks
- Irritability/aggressive behavior
Often people that experience PTSD either re-experience the trauma by reliving it or use avoidance measures to avoid the traumatic memories. Health issues may also be present with headaches, nausea, and chest pain among other symptoms.
Depending on the circumstances of the PTSD and the emotions involved, treatment by cognitive therapy and medication, such as antidepressants, may be warranted. Hypnotherapy has a good success rate for treating PTSD since hypnosis brings the subconscious to the forefront so changes can be made by suggestion. Hypnotherapy helps in changing perceptions and beliefs that are associated with the trauma.