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Hypnosis in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Hypnosis, the first Western conception of a psychotherapy, has been used in the treatment of traumatic experiences for more than 150 years. Initial uses involved hypnotic analgesia to help patients through traumatic surgical procedures before the advent of inhalation anesthesia. Sigmund Freud began his exploration of the unconscious through the use of hypnosis at a time when he thought of hysterical reactions as the aftermath of traumatic experiences in childhood. Hypnotic techniques were then used during World War II to treat what were then called traumatic neuroses. Despite the growing acceptance of psychoanalysis as the model for psychotherapy in that era, hypnotic techniques were found to be efficient and effective in helping soldiers with acute combat reactions work through, control, or put aside the effects ...

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