Post-traumatic stress disorder: cognitive hypnotherapy, mindfulness, and acceptance-based treatment approaches.

Am J Clin Hypn. 2012 Apr;54(4):311-30. Post-traumatic stress disorder: cognitive hypnotherapy, mindfulness, and acceptance-based treatment approaches. Lynn SJ1, Malakataris A, Condon L, Maxwell R, Cleere C. Author information Abstract In this article, we describe how cognitive hypnotherapy can be used in conjunction with evidence-based practices for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We review cognitive-behavioral interventions for PTSD, including mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches, and contend that (a) empirical support for the use of hypnosis in treating a variety of conditions is considerable; (b) hypnosis is fundamentally a cognitive-behavioral intervention; (c) psychological interventions with a firm footing in cognitive-behavioral therapy …

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Brief hypnotherapy of severe depression linked to sexual trauma: a case study.

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jul;52(3):203-17. Brief hypnotherapy of severe depression linked to sexual trauma: a case study. Smith WH1. Author information Abstract Traumatic events of many sorts result in the now familiar symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many accounts have been published of the helpful role of hypnosis in symptom amelioration when the symptom onset is immediate, or even delayed,following the trauma. For some patients, though, a virtual collapse of adaptive functioning occurs after long periods of relatively symptom-free functioning. For such individuals, the relevance of the earlier trauma to their current problems may not be recognized, …

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The body’s story: a case report of hypnosis and physiological narration of trauma.

Am J Clin Hypn. 2005 Jan;47(3):149-59. The body’s story: a case report of hypnosis and physiological narration of trauma. Pantesco VF1. Author information Abstract Adult Posttraumatic Stress Disorder secondary to childhood sexual abuse is clinically complicated by its increasingly noted deficient linguistic recording of the abuse, perhaps partially explaining consequent difficulties with verbalizing in therapy. A single case illustrates that hypnotically utilizing the body-emotion register of encrypted sexual abuse trauma may not only afford more naturalistic retrieval and purgation of the experience, but may also provide the very medium for the healing narrative required for recovery. The patient’s original and …

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Hypnotic imagery rehearsal in the treatment of nightmares: a case report.

Am J Clin Hypn. 2006 Oct;49(2):123-7. Hypnotic imagery rehearsal in the treatment of nightmares: a case report. Donatone B1. Author information Abstract This case report discusses a patient who experienced frequent nightmares and chronic low-level anxiety during his 3 1/2 year imprisonment. He developed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in part because he adamantly insisted that he had been wrongfully incarcerated. The literature supports the use of hypnotic imagery rehearsal for treating nightmares that stem from PTSD. Due to the patient’s distrust of others and trauma history, it was uncertain whether hypnotic intervention would be effective. It is of note, …

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Hypnotic treatment of PTSD in children who have complicated bereavement.

Am J Clin Hypn. 2005 Oct-2006 Jan;48(2-3):183-9. Hypnotic treatment of PTSD in children who have complicated bereavement. Iglesias A1, Iglesias A. Author information Abstract Although conceptualized as a normal reaction to loss and not classified as a mental disorder, grief can be considered a focus of treatment. When grief complicates and becomes pathological by virtue of its duration, intensity, and absence or by bizarre or somatic manifestation, a psychiatric diagnosis is in order. Childhood PTSD in Complicated Bereavement is a condition derived from the loss of a loved one when the nature of death is occasioned through traumatic means. The …

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Hypnosis and the treatment of posttraumatic conditions: an evidence-based approach.

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2007 Apr;55(2):167-88. Hypnosis and the treatment of posttraumatic conditions: an evidence-based approach. Lynn SJ1, Cardeña E. Author information Abstract This article reviews the evidence for the use of hypnosis in the treatment of posttraumatic conditions including posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. The review focuses on empirically supported principles and practices and suggests that hypnosis can be a useful adjunctive procedure in the treatment of posttraumatic conditions. Cognitive-behavioral and exposure-based interventions, which have the greatest empirical support, are highlighted, and an illustrative case study is presented. PMID: 17427292 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Hypnotherapy in the treatment of chronic combat-related PTSD patients suffering from insomnia: a randomized, zolpidem-controlled clinical trial.

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2008 Jul;56(3):270-80. doi: 10.1080/00207140802039672. Hypnotherapy in the treatment of chronic combat-related PTSD patients suffering from insomnia: a randomized, zolpidem-controlled clinical trial. Abramowitz EG1, Barak Y, Ben-Avi I, Knobler HY. Author information Abstract This study evaluated the benefits of add-on hypnotherapy in patients with chronic PTSD. Thirty-two PTSD patients treated by SSRI antidepressants and supportive psychotherapy were randomized to 2 groups: 15 patients in the first group received Zolpidem 10 mg nightly for 14 nights, and 17 patients in the hypnotherapy group were treated by symptom-oriented hypnotherapy, twice-a-week 1.5-hour sessions for 2 weeks. All patients completed …

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Systematic Review.

J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2014 Mar 27;19(3):161-175. [Epub ahead of print] Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Systematic Review. Wahbeh H1, Senders A2, Neuendorf R3, Cayton J4. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVES: To (1) characterize complementary and alternative medicine studies for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, (2) evaluate the quality of these studies, and (3) systematically grade the scientific evidence for individual CAM modalities for posttraumatic stress disorder. DESIGN: Systematic review. Eight data sources were searched. Selection criteria included any study design assessing posttraumatic stress disorder outcomes and any complementary and alternative medicine intervention. The body …

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Tranceformations: hypnosis in brain and body.

Depress Anxiety. 2013 Apr;30(4):342-52. doi: 10.1002/da.22046. Epub 2013 Feb 19. Tranceformations: hypnosis in brain and body. Spiegel D1. Author information Abstract In this review, the role of hypnosis and related psychotherapeutic techniques are discussed in relation to the anxiety disorders. In particular, anxiety is addressed as a special form of mind/body problem involving reverberating interaction between mental and physical distress. The history of hypnosis as a therapeutic discipline is reviewed, after which neurobiological evidence of the effect of hypnosis on modulation of perception in the brain. Specific brain regions involved in hypnosis are reviewed, notably the dorsal anterior cingulate gyrus …

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Use of hypnosis in the treatment of combat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Harefuah. 2013 Aug;152(8):490-3, 497. [Use of hypnosis in the treatment of combat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)]. [Article in Hebrew] Abramowitz EG1, Bonne O. Author information Abstract 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). Pierre Janet was the first clinician to describe the successful initiation of stepwise hypnotic techniques in PTSD symptom reduction. Hypnotherapy may accelerate the formation of a therapeutic alliance and contribute to a positive treatment outcome. Hypnotic techniques may be valuable for patients with PTSD who exhibit symptoms …

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