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Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2007 Apr;55(2):147-66.

Cognitive hypnotherapy for depression: an empirical investigation.

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University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. assen.alladin@calgaryhealthregion.ca

Abstract

To investigate the effectiveness of cognitive hypnotherapy (CH), hypnosis combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), on depression, 84 depressives were randomly assigned to 16 weeks of treatment of either CH or CBT alone. At the end of treatment, patients from both groups significantly improved compared to baseline scores. However, the CH group produced significantly larger changes in Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and Beck Hopelessness Scale. Effect size calculations showed that the CH group produced 6%, 5%, and 8% greater reduction in depression, anxiety, and hopelessness, respectively, over and above the CBT group. The effect size was maintained at 6-month and 12-month follow-ups. This study represents the first controlled comparison of hypnotherapy with a well-established psychotherapy for depression, meeting the APA criteria for a "probably efficacious" treatment for depression.

PMID:
17365072
DOI:
10.1080/00207140601177897
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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