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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Group Hypnosis Therapy

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Post-traumatic stress disorder affects many who have suffered traumatic events during their lives, and the events are not limited to war. Many effective treatment therapies are available to sufferers, including group hypnosis.

During times of war, many veterans return home with scars, but many times the scars are not visible. They are not only the battle scars of skin lacerations or altered body parts, they are scars on the soldier’s inside. They are psychological scars that are known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. This disorder has caused veterans to kill others not involved in the war, even when the veteran is not threatened, and many suicides have been attributed to it. This phenomenon became a concern large enough to cause the United States government to help the heroes cope with the past by employing various therapeutic techniques, including group hypnosis.

Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderThe American Psychiatric Association says that post-traumatic stress disorder does not develop only with those who were exposed to the horrors of war, but it can be caused by any traumatic event that may have occurred in the sufferer’s lifetime. Events such as a car accident, a rape, living through a natural disaster, physical abuse or witnessing a murder would be classified as an event that would be serious enough to cause this disorder. One of the many techniques that are used on Post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers is group hypnosis. During a session, the leading specialist tries to help the sufferer overcome the psychological damage that was caused by the event and return to living a normal life.

It is imperative for the sufferer to be open to the possibilities of what group hypnosis can do. This disorder is different from an addiction where others around can see when the sufferer is engaging in the addictive behavior. Psychological trauma, however, may be known only to the sufferer and can be hidden, thus making it difficult for the specialist to determine what event or events are causing the stress disorder.

For group therapy, understandably, determining the action or event will take time. The specialist will have to interview the sufferers individually to determine the underlying cause for each member’s anxiety disorder. Although it takes time, it is a vital step in the healing process. Once the therapist has determined the various causes of the stress disorder, the group members will be instructed to assume a comfortable position and relax. Upon doing so, the participant’s breathing pattern will slow and there will be no movement in the room. The therapist will proceed with instructions until the power of the hypnotic suggestions begins to relieve the horrors of the sufferer’s experience.

After the hypnotic suggestions are imparted in the subconscious mind of the participants, the session advances to the final stage of the process known as the termination, where the group returns to reality. Some members will remember everything that was said during the process and others will not. However, it will be only after a participant no longer has nightmares about the traumatic event that the participant will be declared as cured of the disorder. Being able to live without the distress means the past can be left behind and the sufferer can try to live a normal life. Returning to normal will take some time since it usually takes multiple therapy sessions before the sufferer is able to see positive results.

Group hypnosis can also be used to treat other maladies such as anxiety disorders and addictions. For instance, athletes use hypnosis to prepare for an upcoming game. If you have a desire to try group therapy for a disorder or addiction you must understand what the limits are when using hypnosis therapy, and you must maintain a positive outlook, even before you get to the therapist’s office or clinic. Doing so will set your mind in a positive direction toward what you want to achieve. If you know someone who is suffering from a traumatic event and possibly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, consider suggesting group hypnosis as a therapy. Even though the traumatic event changed their life forever, the disorder does not have to stay with them permanently.

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