1 What is a Hypnosis?

A trance-like state wherein you have heightened focus and concentration are called hypnosis or hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion which is done with the help of a therapist using mental images and verbal repetition.

You usually feel relaxed and calm and open to suggestions when you are under hypnosis.

This can be used to help you cope better with pain or anxiety or to help you gain control over undesired behaviors. It is important that you do not lose control over your behavior even if you are more open to suggestions during hypnosis.

It is important that you do not lose control over your behavior even if you are more open to suggestions during hypnosis.

2 Reasons for Procedure

Here are the most common reasons to undergo a hypnosis.

You can use hypnosis in coping with anxiety and stress. Hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety before a medical procedure such as breast biopsy.

This is also studied for other conditions such as:

3 Potential Risks

Along with undergoing a hypnosis comes potential risks.

This therapy is considered safe, alternative and complementary medical treatment which is conducted by a trained therapist. But this may not be appropriate for people who have severe mental illness.

Some possible side effects but rare include:

  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Headache
  • Creation of false memories
  • Distress or anxiety

This can cause strong emotions and can alter your memories or lead to the creation of false memories and still controversial and has limited scientific evidence to support its use.

4 Preparing for your Procedure

To undergo hypnosis, you do not need any special preparations but it will be nice for you if you wear comfortable clothing so it can help you relax and you must go in the therapy well-rested.

In choosing a therapist, you must have recommendations from someone that you trust.

You can ask some of these questions to learn as much as you can on the therapist:

  • Are you a licensed in your specialty?
  • Do you have training in a field such as psychology?
  • Where did you go to school and where did you do your postgraduate training?
  • How much training have you had?
  • What professional organizations do you belong?
  • How long have you been in practice? What are your fees?
  • Will insurance cover your services?

5 What to Expect

Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after your hypnosis.

The therapist will first explain how hypnosis works. He will then talk in a gentle and soothing tone and will describe images that create a sense of relaxation, well-being and security.

The therapist will suggest ways for you to achieve your goals such as eliminating cravings to smoke or reducing pain when you are in the receptive state.

He may also help you to visualize meaningfully and vivid mental images of yourself accomplishing your goals.

You can bring yourself out of hypnosis or your therapist will help you “end” your trance-like state when the session is over.

In hypnosis, you will remain aware and will remember what happened under this therapy and will not lose control over your behavior.

You may eventually be able to practice self-hypnosis, in which you induce a state of hypnosis in yourself.

6 Procedure Results

Understanding the results of your hypnosis will be made possible by your doctor.

This therapy is effective as a part of a comprehensive program for losing weight or quitting smoking, but mostly in helping people to cope with anxiety, pain, and stress.

Some therapists believe that the more likely you are to be hypnotized, the more likely it is that you'll benefit from hypnosis because hypnosis is not for everyone.

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