We often think of Christmas and New Year as being one of the most joyful times of the year but for some people, it can be one of the loneliest. It can also be a period that triggers anxiety and other mental health conditions. There are so many expectations attached to the festive period, many of which can be a tipping point. Research from MIND suggests that as many as 1 in 10 of us struggle to cope at this time of year and this figure is higher for people who currently have a mental health problem.
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I read this story recently on BBC that got me thinking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it’s often perceived.
For a lot of people, it conjures up images of war veterans who have seen active combat and are traumatised by their experiences. Being involved in military combat is one of the events that can trigger PTSD but you don’t need to have been in the army to be affected by it.
Christmas can be a tough time for anyone struggling with PTSD, with a lot of pressure to act “normal” and happy.
In this blog post, I’m looking at what is involved with PTSD, the events that can trigger it and how hypnotherapy can help to overcome it.
Who can be affected?
While we strongly associate PTSD with having spent time in a warzone, it can affect anyone who has been involved in a traumatic event or witnessed one.
Some of the things that can trigger PTSD include being involved in a serious car accident, being assaulted (including sexual assault), experiencing abuse (physical, emotional or sexual abuse, especially long term abuse), witnessing a violent death, being caught up in a natural disaster, being the victim of a terrorist attack and being diagnosed with a terminal or life threatening health condition.
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