Is it possible to overcome phobias with hypnosis? – In the news

2024-02-21 10:33:33

February 21, 2024

Spiders, darkness, elevators… Phobias correspond to irrational, excessive and persistent fears when faced with specific situations or objects. The use of hypnosis is increasingly common in their treatment. With what results?

According to Inserm, “ Hypnosis is an ancient technique, used for treatment in Western societies for at least 200 years “. Its principle? Through words, the hypnosis practitioner induces in the patient a particular state of consciousness, which is neither vigilance nor sleep. This state is “ characterized by external indifference and hyper suggestibility “. In other words, a psychological disposition which leads a person to submit to and obey any suggestion.

In a report produced on the subject, Inserm recalls that there is “ enough elements to be able to affirm that hypnosis has a potential therapeutic interest, in particular in intraoperative anesthesia “. Specialists speak of hypnosedation. But also hypnoanalgesia which corresponds to an indication in the management of pain.

An immediate experience of well-being

Beyond that, the French Hypnosis Society mentions on its website several indications in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. In the image in particular “ self-esteem problems, managing stage fright in the artistic field, managing personal and professional stress, relationship difficulties, anxiety, insomnia and phobias “. These are part of the so-called ‘anxiety disorders’ family.

As a preamble to a session, the phobic patient may be asked to describe the different components of their fear or even the triggers. Hypnosis can thus prove useful in aiming for better control of anxiety, through relaxation. The patient thus experiences an experience of relaxation and well-being, in a context where he feels safe.

As doctors from the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) conclude in the Swiss Medical Review “ Hypnosis allows the patient to experience an immediate experience of well-being and serenity in the here and now. This different sensory experience reinforces the possibility of considering change “. And to face more calmly what was once a phobia…

Source: Smaga, D., Cheseaux, N., Forster, A., Rentsch, D., Tonnac, N., d., Colombo, S., Hypnosis and anxiety disorders, Rev Med Suisse, 2010/236 (Vol.-4), p. 330–333. – Inserm U1178. Report on the Evaluation of the effectiveness of the practice of hypnosis. June 2015

Written by: David Picot – Edited by: Emmanuel Ducreuzet

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