Studies have shown hypnosis can help a patient deal with PTSD. Unlike other anxiety disorders, this will be a bit more challenging given the circumstances that occurred. To help patients deal with it, the specialist has to first develop a strategy.
The best approach is a straight forward one so you know what they have been through. Each case is different so veterans are treated differently from people who were abused or raped.
The only thing that stays the same though is what happens during the hypnosis session. Once the person is relaxed, it is time for the specialist to use the power of hypnotic suggestion to make the patient let go of what happened.
When the session is nearly finished, the patient is brought back to reality by counting backwards, by snapping one’s fingers, a clapping of the hands or simply instructing the patient to open their eyes.
Was the treatment successful? You will only that if the patient no longer has nightmares of what happened or claims that they now feel better.
If you want to do more than just find a specialist to help someone who needs their expertise, you can enroll in a program that teaches you how to do hypnosis your self. There are courses offered in some schools and also online. Aside from listening or watching lectures, you also get to work on exercises and worksheets which will prepare you for the real thing.
For those who want to pursue a career in hypnosis, make sure that you get it from a reputable institution that is recognized so people will not question your capability as a specialist. See that it is accredited by National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards and British Association of Therapeutically Hypnotists or some other organization.
Hypnosis has been in use for many years and it is now being used for other problems aside from PTSD. It can be used to help people with other anxiety disorders, addictions, people who have low self-esteem and goal setting.
In fact, a lot of doctors are now requesting the aid of specialists when they are not able to help a patient. This shows that doctors are now open to the idea that a patient can be treated without the use of medication and other techniques.
You or whoever needs help just has to be open-minded too otherwise no amount of hypnosis sessions will ever work and help you forget the traumatic event.
PTSD is a problem and this will continue to affect people regardless of age or gender because no one can prepare you for what is about to happen. When the situation occurs, the only thing you can do is deal with the event later on. Fortunately, we now have the means to deal with it and if treatment is successful, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have had hypnosis training.