There is a lot of evidence that depression can be efficiently treated using approaches such at cognitive-behaviour therapy (Beck & Alford, 2009). Hypnosis is not a treatment in its own right but is is argued that it can be effectively incorporated with approaches such as CBT (cognitive hypnotherapy: Lynn, 2010) or psychodynamic therapy (hypnoanalysis). There is accumulating evidence that programmes incorporating hypnosis can be used to treat depression.
Hypnosis and depression references
Alladin, A. (2009). Evidence-based cognitive hypnotherapy for depression. Contemporary Hypnosis, 26(4). 245-262.
Yapko, M. D. (2010). Hypnosis in the treatment of depression: An overdue approach for encouraging skillful mood management. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58(2), 137-146.
Yapko, M. D. (2010). Hypnotically catalysing experiential learning across treatments for depression: Actions can speak louder than words. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58(2), 186-201.
Loriedo, C., Torti, C. (2010). Systemic hypnosis with depressed individuals and their families. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58(2), 222-246.
A number of books have been written which clinicians may find helpful when treating depression using hypnosis:
What is hypnosis?
Definitions of hypnosis
Types of suggestion
Scientific theories of hypnosis
History of hypnosis
Key people in hypnosis
States of consciousness
Modification of suggestibility
Attention and hypnosis
Hypnosis as a research tool
Genes and hypnotizability
What is hypnotherapy?
Is it effective?
Finding a therapist
Irritable bowel syndrome
Hypnosis research papers
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