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Psychiatr Prax. 2002 Mar;29(2):97-100.

[In-patient hypnotherapeutic trauma exposure for posttraumatic stress disorder: a case report].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik Zürich/Schweiz, Switzerland.


This paper describes the treatment of a patient with the diagnoses of a borderline personality disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (DSM-IV and ICD-10) within the setting of a psychiatric ward spezializing in depression. For purposes of controlled re-exposure to the patient's trauma, a hypnotherapeutic method was chosen. A significant reduction of symptoms, in particular the intrusions and the hyperarousal, was observed. Of great importance in the successful outcome of this case is the integration of hypnotherapy into a multi-dimensional treatment concept including group therapy, physical therapy and anxiety-reducing self-management therapy. This approach facilitated the development of trust and security in the patient required for the hypnotherapeutic intervention and minimized the splitting tendencies specific to borderline patients. Further discussion is centered on the difficulties arising in the context of an emergency ward setting with its high intensity atmosphere encompassing the danger of retraumatization of this special group of patients. Finally several aspects of the clinical implications of this method are addressed.

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