Studies on Hypnosis, Anxiety and Stress
The tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an effective treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disorders, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.
Hypnosis is an Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Stress Related Disorders.
Reference: Expert Rev Neurother. 2010 Feb;10(2):263-73. Hammond DC.
Hypnosis is a More Effective Non-Medical Therapy for Anxiety
A study of 193 patients with anxiety disorders, ages 18-40, were offered combinations of non-medical therapies, such as psychotherapy, phytotherapy (plant extracts), and acupuncture. The best results were obtained by combined treatment based on cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy, hypnosis, and autogenic training as its major components.
Reference: Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2008 Nov-Dec;(6):18-22. Bozhko SA, Tiuvina NA.
This research represents the first controlled treatment study of hypnosis and cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT) on acute stress disorder (ASD). Civilian trauma survivors with acute stress disorder were randomly given 6 sessions of CBT, CBT combined with hypnosis, or supportive counseling. Those in the CBT and CBT-hypnosis groups had fewer criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder after treatment and 6-month follow-up than those who received supportive counseling. CBT-hypnosis resulted in greater reduction in reexperiencing symptoms than CBT.
Hypnosis with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the Best Treatment for Acute Stress Disorder
Reference: J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005 Apr;73(2):334-40. Bryant RA, Moulds ML, Guthrie RM, Nixon RD.
60 college students were assigned to use either hypnosis, biofeedback, trophotropic treatment for one hour per week for 8 weeks. Hypnosis was found to be a more effective self-regulatory technique for lowering anxiety levels when compared to the other procedures.
Hypnosis is More Effective For Lowering Anxiety than Biofeedback
Reference: J Clin Psychol. 1980 Apr;36(2):503-7. Hurley JD.
Twenty three adult patients with problems of anxiety in a suburban general practice participated in a study on the effectiveness of audiotaped self-hypnosis in reducing anxiety levels. After six weeks experimenters found significant reduction in psychological anxiety and blood pressure, and in some cases subjects reduced their anxiolytic medication. Nine months later, subjects these desirable effects were still detectable to a significant degree.
Self-hypnosis Reduces Anxiety and Blood Pressure Even Nine Months Later
Reference: Aust Fam Physician. 1978 Jul;7(7):905-10. Davidson GP, Farnbach RW, Richardson BA.
A single-subject used self-hypnosis in the treatment of panic attacks. Presenting symptoms were acute fear, dizziness, constricted throat, upset stomach, loss of appetite, loss of weight, insomnia, fear of doctors, and fear of returning to work. Using hypnosis and guided imagery, the subject showed an increased sense of control, improved self-concept, elimination of pathological symptoms, and cessation of panic attacks.
Self Hypnosis is an Effective Treatment for Panic Attacks
Reference: Am J Clin Hypn. 1990 Jan;32(3):160-7. Der DF, Lewington P.
This study looked at 20 adults who sought hypnotherapy for stress, anxiety, and depression. They had significantly less symptoms after treatment in all measured dimensions, with the greatest decrease in anxiety. It is suggested that the symptoms most related to the "fight-flight" reaction respond most readily to hypnosis.
“Fight or Flight” Symptoms Respond Most Readily to Hypnosis
Reference: Am J Clin Hypn. 1989 Oct;32(2):110-7. Gould RC, Krynicki VE.
Clinical reports and observations going back almost two centuries consistently indicate that hypnotherapy is an effective modality for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hypnotic techniques may be valuable for patients with PTSD who exhibit symptoms such as anxiety, dissociation, widespread pain, and sleep disturbances. Hypnotic techniques may also facilitate working through traumatic memories, increasing coping skills, and promoting a sense of competency.
Hypnosis for Treatment of Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Reference: Harefuah. 2013 Aug;152(8):490-3, 497. Abramowitz EG, Bonne O.
Hypnosis can be used to achieve a better control of anxious symptoms through relaxation. It allows the patient to anticipate the anxiety triggering events. This technique also allows the patient to mentalise and integrate traumatic events, therefore helping him to prevent the post-traumatic anxious symptoms.
Hypnosis can Help Control of Anxiety After Trauma
Reference: Rev Med Suisse. 2010 Feb 17;6(236):330-3. Smaga D, Cheseaux N, Forster A, Colombo S, Rentsch D, de Tonnac N.
A study examined the effect of hypnosis on preoperative anxiety using three groups of subjects: a hypnosis group who received suggestions of well-being; an attention-control group who received attentive listening and support without any specific hypnotic suggestions, and a "standard of care" control group. Patients in the hypnosis group were significantly less anxious compared with patients in the two control groups. Moreover, on entrance to the operating rooms, the hypnosis group reported a significant decrease of 56% in their anxiety level whereas the attention-control group reported an increase of 10% in anxiety and the control group reported an increase of 47% in their anxiety. This study concludes that hypnosis significantly alleviates preoperative anxiety.
Hypnosis Reduces Preoperative Anxiety
Reference: Anesth Analg. 2006 May;102(5):1394-6. Saadat H, Drummond-Lewis J, Maranets I, Kaplan D, Saadat A, Wang SM, Kain ZN.
Eleven medical practitioners were seen individually for two, 50-minute sessions of hypnotherapeutic training. 10 of the 11 practitioners reported passing grades, and 9 reported an attitude change with lower levels of test anxiety.
Hypnotherapy Helps to Overcome Test Anxiety
Reference: Am J Clin Hypn. 1993 Jan;35(3):198-204. Stanton HE.
Fifteen college students with test anxiety were studied. Those who received hypnosis reduce anxiety prior to taking a learning and reading-comprehension test. On the reading-comprehension test the experimental group scored significantly higher than the control group. These findings support the notion that hypnotic training may be useful to reduce anxiety and improve test performance.
Hypnosis Reduces Test Anxiety and Improves Performance
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