Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental disorder which develops due to exposure to some form of traumatic event like war, natural disaster, terrorist acts, violence etc. They have difficulties in adjusting to the effects of the traumatic events. Most people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder re-live these traumatic events in the form of nightmares, flashbacks etc. and they move into states of sadness, depression, anxiety etc. People experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder generally remain aloof and are unable to live a normal life. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may start appearing within a month from the occurrence of the traumatic event. However, in some cases, the symptoms may be visible after few years also. EFT therapy is being widely used as an effective form of alternative treatment technique for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can be categorized as follows:
Symptoms related to intrusive memories may include repeated and unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event, re-living the traumatic event again in the form of flashbacks or nightmares, severe emotional distress to stimuli which reminds them of the traumatic event.
People may exhibit avoidance symptoms which generally include avoiding thinking or talking about the traumatic event, avoiding places, activities, and people who remind them of the traumatic event which triggered the post-traumatic stress disorder.
Symptoms of negative thoughts may include negative thoughts about oneself or others, sense of hopelessness about the future, loss of memory and difficulty in remembering events, difficulty in communication and maintaining healthy relationships, feeling alone and detached from family and friends, difficulty in experiencing positive emotions etc.
Arousal symptoms include being easily frightened, self-destructive behavior, sleeping problems, easy irritability, strong feeling of guilt or shame.
Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Using EFT
EFT therapy has shown positive results for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The therapy focuses on identifying the root cause i.e. the traumatic event and related memories which causes the post-traumatic stress disorder. Once the reasons are identified, EFT resolves these traumas. EFT therapy is known for creating positive emotions and feelings in the patients and helping them to improve their coping mechanisms. In a study, 86% of the participants experienced considerable reduction in post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after only six EFT therapy sessions, without any drugs or other forms of treatment. The follow-up assessment showed the improvements to be long-lasting and permanent.
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