Important PSA: Sexual Assault Trauma and PTSD

In light of recent revelations on sexual assault in Hollywood circles (and many other places that have yet to come to light), I must interrupt our regular content to share this important message. This is an issue I simply cannot ignore, dogs or no dogs.

 

The Scary Prevalence of Sexual Assault, and How Hypnotherapy Can Help Victims Heal

There is an uncomfortable truth that is not talked about, and that is sexual assault is becoming rampant nowadays. Women are reporting sexual assaults cases in overwhelming numbers over the past few years. On the other side, the statistics of sexual harassment for men are varying because of how underreported it is, it can’t be possible to get a sense of the number of men who have been sexually assaulted.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that according to their research findings one out of ten women they interviewed answered “yes” to being asked if they have ever been forced to have sex against their will. More so, research taken from other independent organizations estimate that one out of four females are sexually assaulted before they get to eighteen years of age.

Women and girls who are sexual assault victims often experience varying challenges due to the traumatic experiences. You find sexual assault is one of the main causes of the traumatic experiences in lives of people today. The effects of the sexual assault trauma can last for a long or a short period depending on the person involved or the situation. It can be difficult for sexual assault victim to deal with anxiety, stress and depression this act comes with. This in turn makes them to develop a mental health disorder known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

People who undergo traumatic events such as sexual assaults in their lives feel a sense of anxiety, fear, loss, and panic. When these feelings continue for a prolonged period of time it affects the quality of life that they live, this is what is referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder.

PSTD is characterized by the experiences such as nightmares, painful events, inability to cope with situations or events that remind an individual of the trauma and increased fear or anxiety. Flashbacks usually intensify the physical reactions to the reminders like the rapid heartbeat from time to time and the apathy are also very common with PTSD.

Sexual assault is the main cause of this condition but it can also be caused by events like natural disaster, the death of loved one, war, domestic violence, kidnapping, childhood issues and abuse, airplane crashes and many more. You find that any life shuttering event can also result in PSTD, as well.

You should note that PTSD is transmittable but it treatable. In simple words, this means that you can also develop PTSD if you have actually witnessed or experienced any life-threatening event. For example, when a family member is harmed, another family member who is around may develop PTSD.

Note that you can also develop this condition if you watch TV programs, news or movies which have visual presentations with terrifying events. Therapists can explore the causes and the vulnerabilities to ensure they develop an accurate approach to their individual patient for healing and recovery.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help PTSD Victims

Hypnotherapy can be used to help sexual assault victims to heal and recover. Hypnosis from which the term hypnotherapy is derived is a state of the deep peace and relaxation and therefore it is a premier remedy for stress. Competent and qualified hypnotherapists will show their client how to start or induce the state of self-hypnosis, and they will also instruct them both in and out on how to access this state every day.

Especially when their symptoms from the past are triggered by stresses that comes with daily living. Psychologically, PTSD patients have a high probability of developing self-destructive behaviors, psychoses, and eating disorders. Hypnotherapists are highly skilled in helping and diagnosing sexual assault victims with the destructive behavior symptoms and other associated disorders.

To wrap up the loose ends, it is worth to mention that sexual assault victims suffer both psychologically and physiologically. This simply means that their brain functions and activities are altered somehow. PTSD sufferers are more likely to become delicate and sensitive even to the normal life experiences. More so, victims tend to overlook the physiological effects as they mistake them as if they were usual physical issues such as dizziness or headaches. As mentioned earlier, the hypnotherapist can be able to provide sexual assault victims and other PTSD sufferers with care in a manner that they can be able to change the physiology of their brain to normal.