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Healing before the onset of PTSD

Posted by Styling Souls Blog Administrator on September 28, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Recently, the staff of Styling Souls went through a traumatic event by the actions of one of its co-workers. The event left the staff,,scared, nervous, sad, angry, mad, feeling overwhelmingly helpless and some even felt some guilt for a situation that was totally out of their control. Some of us, suffered dearly from heart break, because one of our co-workers had chose a wrong path and we would never again be able to enjoy the company of that individual.

Traumatic events create feelings that can have long lasting effects, if not dealt with immediately. The staff of Styling Souls being trained professional immediately sought the help we would need to let the feelings associated with the event not haunt us and play over and over in our minds. Becoming healthy is an active choice we all have every second of every day. We made the choice to not suffer any longer than we had to and asked our staff, hypnotherapist, Matt Connarton if he could help us disassociate our feelings from the event.

We scheduled a group hypnotherapy session as soon as we could. Matt used a technique called swishing to help us replay the event in our heads in a different way, a way that would allow us to separate our feelings of anguish from the event. Soon after Matt’s hypnosis, session, I spent time sending Reiki to the effected staff, to aid them in their healing process. The results of both treatments methods were positive and the staff was able to get back to work and deal effectively with their feelings. Feelings that if left unattended could manifest into PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened.

Since PTSD, can manifest itself from the date of trauma or years later it is best to deal with the feelings or situation immediately. According , there are 17 symptoms of PTSD. These 17 symptoms are divided into three separate clusters. The three PTSD symptom clusters, and the specific symptoms that make up these clusters, are described below.

“Re-Experiencing Symptoms

• Frequently having upsetting thoughts or memories about a traumatic event.

• Having recurrent nightmares.

• Acting or feeling as though the traumatic event were happening again, sometimes called a "flashback."

• Having strong feelings of distress when reminded of the traumatic event.

• Being physically responsive, such as experiencing a surge in your heart rate or sweating, to reminders of the traumatic event.

Avoidance Symptoms

• Making an effort to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations about the traumatic event.

• Making an effort to avoid places or people that remind you of the traumatic event.

• Having a difficult time remembering important parts of the traumatic event.

• A loss of interest in important, once positive, activities.

• Feeling distant from others.

• Experiencing difficulties having positive feelings, such as happiness or love.

• Feeling as though your life may be cut short.

Hyperarousal Symptoms

• Having a difficult time falling or staying asleep.

• Feeling more irritable or having outbursts of anger.

• Having difficulty concentrating.

• Feeling constantly "on guard" or like danger is lurking around every corner.

• Being "jumpy" or easily startled.

Many of these symptoms are an extreme version of our body's natural response to stress. Understanding our body's natural response to threat and danger (the fight or flight response) can help us better understand the symptoms.”

If you or any member of your family has suffered a traumatic event, we at Styling Souls not only have personal experience, but many tools to help you with your fight to deal with your own feelings. We are not Doctors and cannot replace your Doctor care, but our services are great tools you can use while under your Doctor’s car to help you deal with your feelings and heal from your personal ordeal. There is no need for you to deal with this alone.

Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy- One study found that hypnotherapy, on its own, was at least as successful as some other treatments for PTSD, including psychodynamic psychotherapy. Another study found that hypnosis added to standard cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD may be just as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy in improving PTSD symptoms up to 2 years following treatment. So, there is some evidence that hypnotherapy may be helpful for people with PTSD or other symptoms resulting from a traumatic experience.

It is important to know that hypnotherapy may not work for everyone. Some people are more suggestible than others. In addition, as with any treatment for PTSD, it is important get as much information as you can to make sure it is the right treatment for you. A number of treatments are available for someone with PTSD.

Reiki- Reiki for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder isn't new. Because of some surprising results in the treatment of PTSD, the US Army is investing $4Million to research Reiki and other "Bio-Energy" modalities of healing. In conjunction with the different therapies that have traditionally been used, Dr. John Fortunato, a clinical psychologist at Fort Bliss in Texas, realized that the other component to healing is to heal their mind body and spirit. Biofield therapies, including Reiki, are generally accepted as low-risk interventions. The widespread use of these therapies, coupled with anecdotal evidence of efficacy, indicate a need for further study of this important category of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).


Christie LaValley

Categories: Health and Wellness

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