Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Depression Essay

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Vanessa M. Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Depression Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, encompasses a group of techniques that aid practitioners and patients in utilizing the mind-body connection to foster healing. Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, focused attention, and intense concentration to achieve a heightened state of awareness, generally referred to as a trance. While in a trance, a person’s attention can become so focused that it blocks out the surrounding environment and allows one to concentrate on specific thoughts or task, usually in a deeply relaxed manner. This practice can be extremely beneficial as an adjunct treatment in many psychological and physical disorders, for it aids in the ability to explore painful thoughts, feelings, or memories that may have been hidden from the conscious mind, and also enables easier changes in perceptions and behaviors. Throughout history, trance states have been induced by shamans and healers in rituals and spiritual ceremonies. Hypnosis, as defined today, was first associated with the work of Franz Anton Mesmer, an Austrian physician, in the 1700’s. Mesmer, hence the word “mesmerized”, was the first to use hypnotic techniques. Unfortunately for this physician, his techniques were considered fraudulent and discredited in the medical community. (Hypnotherapy, University of Maryland Medical Center) Hypnosis shows up here and there throughout history, but wasn’t deemed a legit therapeutic practice until the mid 1900’s, when both the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Psychological Association (APA) recognized hypnotherapy as a valid medical practice largely due to the work of Milton H. Erickson, a successful psychiatrist. (Hypnotherapy, University of Maryland Medical Center) Following acceptance into the professional healthcare community, hypnotherapy began being integrated into many practices. Currently,
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