Hypnosis as an effective management of a child with posttraumatic stress disorder after perineal trauma.

Arch Pediatr. 2014 Jun;21(6):624-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arcped.2014.03.019. Epub 2014 May 10.
[Hypnosis as an effective management of a child with posttraumatic stress disorder after perineal trauma].
[Article in French]

Abstract

Children and teenagers may face trauma that threatens their life, but also their psychological integrity. These injuries can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is the most common psychopathological consequence after a trauma. Age is not a protective factor and this disorder can be severe and may last over a long-term period. Effective therapies on PTSD are scarce and research on this topic is rare in children. We report a case of a 12-year-old girl affected by PTSD after a carousel accident at the age of 4 years. A therapy based on hypnosis and psychological support was rapidly effective. This psychotherapeutic option was chosen on the basis of common features shared by hypnosis and the posttraumatic symptoms. Clinical manifestations of PTSD disappeared after 4 weeks of therapy and the patient remained symptom-free during a 1-year follow-up. Our report suggests that hypnosis could be an effective therapy for children with PTSD. Prospective studies on a larger number of patients are needed to validate this hypothesis.

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