With two wars, natural disasters and high rates of crime, and serious accidents of all kinds, more and more individuals are coping with post traumatic stress symptoms. The nightmares, panic attacks and related symptoms of post traumatic stress can impact on every aspect of a person’s life. In many cases, “time does NOT heal all wounds”.
As a psychologist, I have worked with clients who have experienced all sorts of trauma: rape, assaults, car accidents, etc. Many clients have been suffering for decades. Over a 30 year period, I have studied and used many methods to help my clients who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder including cognitive behavior therapy, hypnosis, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.
While I have not figured out which client will respond best to which approach, I have figured out that most clients will get better in a matter of months using some combination of the treatments.
In many instances, individuals have been able to stop taking medications they have relied on for years and in other instances they have avoided the need to take certain medications that often leave undesirable side effects.
It is important to note that most individuals with post traumatic stress, do NOT get better with the passage of time, medications alone or talking with a “supportive” therapist. In fact, most of the clients I have seen have usually visited at least two therapists before seeing me and been on numerous medications.
If you or someone you know is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, research a competent professional skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis and /or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.
While there is no guarantee that everyone with post traumatic stress can be cured, there is a good chance, they can be helped.