Hypnosis And Memory

The use of hypnosis to enhance memory can lead to major changes in recall, as well as in the confidence that people hold in the accuracy of their recall. The influence of hypnosis on memory generally has been the focus of substantial investigation and comment (American Medical Association, 1985, 1994 American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 1995 Laurence & Perry, 1988 McConkey & Sheehan, 1995 Pettinati, 1988, Scheflin & Shapiro, 1989), and the influence of hypnosis on recovered memory...

The Transitional Period A More Optimistic View Of Hypnosis With Severely Disturbed Patients

A significant breakthrough in understanding the potential use of hypnosis with psychotic patients came in 1945 with the publication of Lewis Wolberg's book on the hypnoanalysis of Johan R. Johan R. had been confined on the chronic ward of a hospital with a diagnosis of hebephrenic schizophrenia when Wolberg first attempted to work with him. It took Wolberg more than a year to establish a beginning therapy relationship with the patient. Beginning with traditional psychoanalytic techniques,...

Hypnosis And Psychoneuroimmunology

In light of current interest in psychoneuroimmunology and mind-body connections, a somewhat neglected area of hypnotherapy research of major theoretical and practical interest is the underlying neurophysiological processes that might mediate hypnosis in its contribution to immunomodulation. Interpretation of earlier research is hindered by methodological shortcomings these shortcomings are now being addressed and overcome with the most recent wave of research. It is suggested that the reduction...

Hypnosis And Chronic Pain Management Useful Clinical Strategies

The typical chronic pain patient will be taking several medications, and will have been treated unsuccessfully by several specialists before considering hypnosis. These may have included neurologists and neuro surgeons 'when in doubt, cut it out' , manipulative procedures by orthopedic and chiropractic specialists 'when in doubt, pound it out' , physical therapists 'when in doubt, walk it out' , mental health professionals 'when in doubt, talk it out' , and extensive pharmacological...

Do You Really Want To Start Smoking

Another area in which hypnotic strategies are utilized, but the concepts of hypnosis are not mentioned, is in the 3-minute smoking cessation interaction. At the conclusion of the oral examination and cancer screening, if there is an indication by the patient that there is a desire to 'quit', the following sample script is useful. doctor When did you have your last cigarette patient On the way to the office, about half an hour ago. doctor So you had your last cigarette at three o'clock, on 6,...

Neurophysiology Of The Hypnotic State It Takes Effort To Be Hypnotized

Hypnosis involves an amplification of focused attention either towards or away from an internal or external event e.g., Hilgard, 1965, 1986 Krippner amp Bindler, 1974 . Since the nineteenth century hypnotically responsive persons commonly report profound physical relaxation for exceptions, see B nyai amp Hilgard, 1976 and alterations in perception following a hypnotic induction. In this physically relaxed state, they report their experiences as being more involuntary and effortless e.g.,...

The Early Period A Pessimistic View Of Hypnosis With Severely Disturbed Patients

The current status of clinical hypnosis in the treatment of Personality and Psychotic Disorders has been evolving since the mid-1800s. The earliest notation of successful hypnosis with a psychotic patient was reported by Esquirol in 1838. In this report, Esquirol described experiments done by Abbe Faria and himself in 1813 and 1816 on the effects of magnetism in mental disease. Esquirol reported that he and Faria experimented on eleven women, either insane or monomanic. He stated that only one...

Current Status Of Clinical Hypnosis With Personality And Psychotic Disorders

The majority of the experimental research studies and clinical reports to date supports the conclusion that psychotic and personality disorder patients have hypnotic capacity and can utilize that capacity productively and safely. As with all patient populations, there will be some individual patients who will decline to work with hypnosis. Aside from these self-selected exceptions, the usefulness and safety of hypnosis with the severely disturbed patient depends primarily on the skills and...

Controversies Surrounding The Use Of Hypnosis With The Dissociative Disorders

Many controversies currently surround the use of hypnosis with the dissociative disorders. Although they constitute an area of considerable interest, limitations of space preclude their extensive discussion here. The interested reader is referred to more thorough explorations elsewhere Kluft, 1995b,c, 1997a . Arguments for the efficacy of hypnosis in the treatment of the dissociative disorders have been countered by concerns that hypnosis has the capacity to play a role in the formation of...

Brief History Of Ptsd

There has been a tendency to slip into one of two mistaken extremes in regard to PTSD. One is a cynical attitude which implies that most patients are making up their symptoms for secondary gain. An example is a case in which an armored car driver was shot in the chest three times during a robbery. His two colleagues were killed as they were walking out of an elevator. The company he worked for objected to providing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. This was not some fantasy of...

Pacifier Finger And Thumb Sucking

According to the authors of 'Oral Habits A Behavioral Approach' Peterson amp Schneider, 1991 'Some 13 to 45 of children are reported to suck their digits. Practically all children who eventually take up the habit do so during their first few months. By 3.5 to 4 years of age, most children have discontinued the habit spontaneously. The severity and even presence of deleterious effects of finger sucking depends on the habit's frequency, duration, intensity, and position of the finger in the...

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

The treatment of reduced sexual desire may focus on anxiety reduction with respect to emotional intimacy or sexual involvement or the resolution of relationship difficulties. Hammond 1990 provides a script for using the 'master control room' metaphor to step-wise increase sexual functioning. Negotiation and the use of post-hypnotic suggestions in association with the control room analogy also offer ways of improving sexual responsiveness and overcoming patient resistance. Hypnosis offers good...

Clinical Hypnotherapy References

Bellak, L., Hurvich, M. amp Gediman, H. K. 1973 . Ego functions in schizophrenics, neurotics, and normals A systematic study of conceptual, diagnostic, and therapeutic aspects. New York Wiley. Binder, J. B., Bongar, B., Messer, S., Strupp, H. H., Lee, S. S. amp Peake, T. H. 1993 . Recommendations for improving psychotherapy training based on experiences with manual guided training and research Epilogue. Psychother. 30 4 , 599-600. Bloom, P. B. 1990 . The creative process in hypnotherapy. In M....