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Hypnosis

Posted by Sun on March 26, 2012

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis involves a therapist helping the client to get into a hypnotic state. This is an altered state of mind in which the client can experience very vivid mental imagery. Time may pass more slowly or more quickly than usual and the person often notices things that are passing through their mind that they might not otherwise notice. The person might also find that they are able to ignore or forget about certain painful or unpleasant emotional experiences, including physical pain.

How is it meant to work?

Hypnosis is usually used along with another type of treatment, such as psychodynamic psychotherapy or cognitive behaviour therapy. This means that there are many different types of hypnosis treatment. However, all of the treatments use hypnosis to help the person to make important changes, such as resolving emotional conflicts, focusing on strengths, becoming more active, tolerating anxious feelings or changing ways of thinking. It is believed that these changes are easier to make when the person is in a hypnotic state.

Does it work?

Most of the studies that have looked at hypnosis for anxiety disorders report case studies (descriptions of treatment with an individual person).

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)

There is one good quality study suggesting that adding hypnosis to CBT for ASD might makeCBT more effective.

Other Anxiety Disorders

There is no evidence on whether hypnosis works for GAD, social phobia, panic disorder, specific phobias or OCD.

Are there any risks?

None are known.

Recommendation

There is not enough evidence to say whether hypnosis works. While there is some evidence that hypnosis may enhance the benefits of CBT for ASD, this needs to be confirmed in other studies.

Taken from: Mental Health Wiki

I am medical doctor and hypnotherapist with more than 17 years experience. Feel free to send me email (guide.rehab@gmail.com) to discuss your situation.

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