What is hypnotherapy for PTSD?

Hypnosis may be experienced as an altered state of consciousness or as a state of relaxation. There is no agreed framework for administering hypnosis, but the procedure often involves induction (such as eye fixation), muscular and/or breathing relaxation, guided imagery, and orientation to the surroundings.

What is the evidence for hypnotherapy for PTSD?

Moderate to low quality evidence found a large effect of improved PTSD symptoms following treatment with hypnotherapy compared to control conditions. These effects were maintained for up to 4 weeks.

August 2021

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