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Hypnotherapy for Different Mental Disorders

Anxiety

 

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Studies and trials have shown that hypnotherapy can be especially beneficial and successful for anxiety disorders, phobia, anxiety associated with certain situations, and other circumstances. In fact, it has been proven that children and individuals who have anxiety regarding procedures and surgeries have benefited tremendously from undergoing a hypnotherapy session before it takes place. There have been studies conducted with cancer patients who feel anxious when they have to undergo procedures and radiation. Many who have had a session before their medical procedure have reported having felt much more relaxed when receiving radiation or when they enter the operating room.

Hypnotherapy has been used to treat phobia-related anxiety disorders for quite some time, with promising results. Treating phobias typically takes fewer sessions and is much more simple. When it comes to anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder, hypnotherapy combined with other kinds of treatment (the most common being cognitive-behavioral therapy) can be beneficial to a patient. However, only using hypnotherapy to treat more serious anxiety disorders hasn’t been proven to be particularly helpful, but there needs to be more studies and research conducted to come to a more solid conclusion.

 

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression

 

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Many of the different kinds of hypnotherapy are aimed at identifying, understanding, and resolving traumatic or abusive events that have caused the patient issues and pain in their everyday life. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can often dramatically inhibit a patient’s quality of life and mental state due to memories, flashbacks, and nightmares related to traumatic event(s) that they’ve experienced. This is why many therapists have recommended hypnotherapy as an option. Although it is still in the experimental stages, hypnotherapy as a treatment for PTSD has been proven to be successful. In fact, some individuals who have had issues with other, more well-known therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or exposure therapy, have found success when turning to hypnotherapy.

Depression can also be treated with hypnotherapy, although there have been few studies discussing it. However, most mental disorders that have been caused by some kind of inner lying, root issue can be treated or at least improved by certain types of hypnotherapy.

 

Self Injurious Behaviors: Eating Disorders

 

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There are multiple different ways that hypnotherapy can be used to treat self-harming behaviors, particularly eating disorders. One of the most common is using suggestion therapy to change a patient’s eating habits, as well as improving an individual’s self-image. A huge contributor to the development of eating disorders is a lack of self-confidence and/or a negative self-image. Through hypnotherapy, patients can find self-acceptance and begin to learn to love themselves. Neuro-linguistic programming can also help a patient with an eating disorder, as someone’s language, terms, and attitudes can be changed so that someone’s overall life can be improved. There’s also the possibility of using hypnotherapy to pinpoint what caused the eating disorder or the development of unhealthy eating habits, whether that be an event, experience, comment, or situation. The root is identified and resolved, and the patient is on their way to a healthier, improved life.

 

Addiction

 

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Hypnotherapy has been highly successful for individuals who have addictions that they would like to recover from. It has been proven that quitting smoking can be improved through hypnotherapy by changing behavior patterns and attitudes so that a patient can respect their body more.

Substance abuse can also be deterred through hypnotherapy, as it can change behaviors and resolve issues that have led the individual to rely on substances to cope. There are many different ways of diminishing substance abuse, such as changing the patient’s attitude towards their substance of choice, the behaviors that lead to wanting to use substances, and other aspects. The most common type of hypnotherapy used for substance abuse and addiction is cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy, which mainly focuses on altering behaviors.

 

Sources:

 

https://www.healthyplace.com/alternative-mental-health/treatments/hypnotherapy-hypnosis-for-psychological-disorders/hypnotherapy-defintion/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Hypnosis_as_mental_health_therapy

http://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/articles/eatingdisorders.html

 

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