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Hypnotherapy for PTSD

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2022

"Shell Shock"' they called it, in World War I.  Men unable to function after returning from the trenches, displaying extreme states of anxiety, shaking, trembling, and alarmed at any sudden noise.  Re-living the terror of an aerial bombardment: screaming as if they were right back in the thick of it.

In World War II they changed the name to "Battle Fatigue" - an understatement if ever there was one, as if the sufferer was merely 'tired' of the theatre of war, and probably just needed a break.

What they needed, in truth, was hypnotherapy.  But nobody knoew that then... except, perhaps, for the very tiny number of hypnotherapists around at the time, that nobody would have thought to ask.

Why hypnotherapy?  Because the phenomenon that is now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) is a reaction of the Subconscious mind to a serious disturbance, or series of disturbances, and somebody needs to talk to the Subconscious mind about that.  Who are the professionals who know how to talk to the Subconscious mind?

Hypnotherapists.  Nobody else.  Hypnotherapy is far and away the best treatment for this kind of issue.

Of course, not every PTSD sufferer has been involved in a war.  All sorts of disturbances and traumas can cause these reactions, and the symptoms are not always the same, but typical features are:

Flashbacks: a re-living of the moments of the original cause of alarm.

Panic attacks or high states of anxiety.

Physical symptoms of a racing heart, sweating, shaking, and maybe an overwhelming urge to run and hide.

Extreme feelings of dread or fear.


Now the conscious mind likes to think it's in charge: the command and control centre of the mind.  It isn't; and when reactions like these are fired off by the Subconscious mind, it is very obvious that it isn't... which alarms the conscious mind intensely.  But it needn't worry: all this can be fixed, and very often in a single session using hypnosis to get the crucial message across to the Subconscious mind that ALL IS NOW WELL, and the danger will not be returning.

When a human being is subjected to a severe trauma, the Subconscious mind is very likely to respond with an emotional reaction at the time, and possibly some delayed reactions too: aimed at making sure the person doesn't forget what happened.  Also, the Subconscious mind cannot analyse, but the conscious mind can; so 'flashbacks' are a way of forcing the concious mind to analyse the events again and again, so that hopefully some cause can be identified that can be avoided in the future, to make sure it doesn't happen again. 

By re-playing both the events, and the terror, the brain is actually trying to protect the victim... but it certainly doesn't feel like protection!  The more severe the trauma, the more extreme the reactions are likely to be and if no-one is talking to the Subconscious mind about any of this, it can potentially go on indefinitely.

There are many sufferers of PTSD in the world today, but how many of them have ever been directed to a hypnotherapist?  more about this

If you are still suffering the after-effects of any kind of trauma, don't suffer in silence!  Call Central Hypnotherapy now on 0161 474 8120 (Office Hours), or call/text any time, any day on 07748 838 644.  Ask for Chris.  I'll be very glad to help.


Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes is Director of Central Hypnotherapy Stockport, South Manchester and has been helping the people of Stockport, Cheshire, Manchester and Tameside U.K. to overcome emotional traumas since August 2000.   


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