Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Easy Hypnosis Flags Dissociation Risk, Type

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Easy Hypnosis Flags Dissociation Risk, Type

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CHICAGO -- Hypnotizability is associated not only with both acute and chronic dissociation, it also appears to shape the type of disorder that develops, Lisa Butler, Ph.D., said at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.

High hypnotizability is associated with more reactivity to traumatic and stressful events. People who are highly hypnotizable report more spontaneous intrusion experiences unrelated to trauma, said Dr. Butler of Stanford (Calif.) University.

Highly hypnotizable patients may be at increased risk for developing dissociative or posttraumatic symptoms when traumatized.

"Consider the use of hypnotic interventions with [these] patients because this is the group in which they are most likely to be successful, and such interventions may help patients learn to manage their symptoms and tendencies to dissociate under stress," she added.

Dr. Butler and her colleagues studied 123 women with metastatic breast cancer and a mean time from recurrence to assessment of 22 months. Based on the Impact of Events Scale (IES)-intrusion and IES-avoidance, 42 women (34%) had clinically significant intrusion symptoms, and 34 (28%) had avoidance symptoms. …

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