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Hypnosis Treatment

Taken from the Greek word hypnosis, “sleep”, the term hypnosis is an abbreviation of James Braid’s 1841 term “neuro-hypnotism: whose meaning is a “Sleep of the nervous system.”

A client who hypnotized by a licensed hypnotherapist often displays unique characteristics of “hyper-suggestibility”, which allows the therapist to assist his hypnotized clients in defining the root need of their problems, examine subconscious influences s and behaviors in the client, and work towards resolution of client goals and problem solving which while the client is in a hypnotherapist induced state or what is hypnosis.

Nineteenth century practitioners of hypnosis treatment worked with clients towards reduction of stress, opiate addiction, and other drug dependency issues inclusive alcohol. The prominent practitioners of hypnosis treatment in this in this period were the aforementioned physician/surgeon James Braid and Hippolyte Bernheim.

Sigmund Freud and Joseph Breuer published a clinical paper in 1985 called “Studies In Hysteria” which promoted and legitimized hypnosis treatment as a form of therapy, and to this day this text is regarded as an important and substantial paper in the annals of psychotherapy.

Hysteria is defined as “Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or uncontrollable panic.” It is logical then that in the last quarter of the nineteenth century that any treatment methods that could be utilized prior to the development of pharmacological were. Hypnosis was a lifeline for many with this malady.

Hypnosis treatment as a therapeutic tool was used in the preparation of an expectant mother before giving birth, as well as during the birthing experience as means of reducing anxiety. Also it was used for some mothers to relieve the physical discomforts of the birthing process.

Other modern uses of hypnosis in psychotherapy are found in the treatment of sleep disorders, alcohol and drugs addictions, depression, and anxious conditions.

Hypnosis treatment has also been used in the treatment of what are referred to as “psycho-somatic disorders and neurotic disorders of the psyche referred to as “Psychoneurosis”. Also hypnosis treatment has been used as suggestive based on therapeutic intervention to help clients suffering from morbidity of thought and affected behaviors.

Medical and dental uses of hypnosis in preparing clients for surgical procedures as an adjunct or alternative to anesthetic interventions are well documented.

In the United States, a practitioner of what is hypnosis is known as a “Hypnotherapist” and defined as follows by the United States Department of Labor Dictionary of Occupational Titles. “Hypnotherapist. Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior patterns through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of the problem. Prepares client to enter the hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.”

Hypnosis or self-hypnosis appears to be most successful in the treatment of anxiety disorders, through evidence exists to success in treating smoking cessation, gastro-intestinal intestinal complaints, Psoriasis and other dermatological disorders, weight reduction, and migraine and tension related “headaches.”

Hypnosis has grown from a mere parlor trick ton a helpful remind of the mind body connection. This century has awakened to the many useful techniques emoted by hypnosis treatment, the practitioner as being professional, and studied here and abroad Scientific studies concerning hypnosis have shown relief for the mind body connection in concerns for weight control and childbirth pain. Further uses of hypnosis are still being developed despite being one of our oldest psychological tools.