Dr Kraft has spent a great deal of time researching post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition in which the individual experiences intrusive re-enactments of traumatic event(s) of the past. Patients are consumed with this fear of the past: some and will often ruminate about these past events throughout the day, others will be sensitive to noise and interactions with other people in their every day lives. Many of these sounds and actions in some way represent traumatic episodes of a past traumtic event or events. Patients are often traumatized by these stimuli at night: they experience nightmares and night terrors or other sleep distrbances which centre symbolically or latently around the event. Any stimuli related to the trauma are often avoided. Often, patients suffering from this condition wil avoid previously enjoyed activities and will dissociate themselves from the event. PTSD is associated with a defence mechanism–namely, detachment.
PTSD occurs after one specific traumatic event or after prolonged and relentless stress over a long period of time. In most cases patients with this condition have experienced the following:
threatened death, abuse, attack, disorganized or agitated behaviour, helplessness and/or intense fear.
PTSD should be treated with extreme care. The method of choice is psychotherapy combined with hypnotherapy.