The question is: Can hypnosis trigger psychosis?
Yes, it is possible, but only in really unusual circumstances, such as when the patient is extremely agitated and is not being kept under control by medicine. If you currently suffer from a mental disease and are thinking of seeing a hypnotherapist, it is imperative that you first get the okay from your primary care physician.
How Can Hypnosis Trigger Psychosis
The question “can hypnosis cause psychosis?” is one I am often asked by prospective customers who are coping with mental illness.
It is a serious issue, so you should do your homework before attempting hypnotherapy if you suffer from any mental disease. If you suffer from any kind of psychotic illness, it is important to note that hypnosis does not cure psychosis. It is essential to understand the distinction between a disease that has its roots in the body’s physiology or biological processes and one with its roots in mind.
What exactly is psychosis?
A person with psychosis cannot differentiate between actual and unreal experiences, which is the defining characteristic of this mental illness.
A person plagued by psychosis may believe things that aren’t true, become confused, and act erratically. Psychosis may also cause a person to behave erratically. Hallucinations, agitated behavior, and disorganized behavior are some of the symptoms of this condition. It can manifest itself concurrently with other mental diseases, making diagnosing it more challenging in certain instances.
Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar affective disorder are all instances of conditions that might be classified as psychotic disorders. Although some evidence shows there may be a hereditary predisposition to psychotic diseases, it is impossible to “catch” one of these conditions from another person.
Unfortunately, those who suffer from psychotic illnesses are more likely to hurt themselves than anyone else, despite the widespread misconception that those who have these illnesses are violent or dangerous.
How is psychosis dealt with medically?
It is impossible to cure psychosis with willpower, alternative treatments, dietary changes, or nutritional supplements. It’s not caused by bad ideas, prior trauma, or ‘weak-mindedness’ and must be addressed by a medical practitioner.
Antipsychotic medicines, psychosocial treatments administered by trained professionals, and community support groups are all forms of treatment for psychosis.
It is perfectly acceptable for people with mental illnesses to seek alternative treatments to support them in other aspects of their lives, such as dealing with anxiety, increasing their confidence, or addressing other issues. However, before doing so, they should get clearance from a psychiatrist or another qualified medical professional.
Is There Any Evidence That Hypnotherapy Can Help Treat Psychosis?
This is a very interesting question, and I’m often allowed to answer it. But unfortunately, the correct response is “no.” As I have said several times in various other publications, hypnosis is ineffective for treating disorders that have roots in the body’s physiology. That is, hypnosis will not alter the chemical makeup of your brain, nor will it affect your hormones or any other part of your body.
Having said that, throughout the years, I have made a few exceptions in certain circumstances involving individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar illness and have reached a stable state while taking their medicine for such conditions. However, because hypnosis can trigger psychotic episodes in individuals who are not stabilized on medication, it is essential that you are honest with your hypnotherapist if you are receiving treatment for psychosis. This will allow her to make an informed decision based on the information provided.
How to Pick the Right Hypnotherapist for You
Hypnosis may be helpful for various illnesses; however, you should always work carefully with your psychiatrist or general practitioner and get permission before beginning the process. After that, you should conduct some research.
Be careful to choose a licensed hypnotherapist who has been in practice for at least 5 years before making your decision. Personally, I would not engage with a client who is clinically depressed, agitated, or suicidal. Additionally, I would not work with a client with a history of mental illness who is not stable on medication. Hypnosis presents a potential threat in this scenario, even though such an outcome is very unusual.
Is it possible for a person with a previous history of mental illness to develop psychosis due to hypnosis? Yes, it is possible, but only in really unusual circumstances, such as when the patient is extremely agitated and is not being kept under control by medicine. If you currently suffer from a mental disease and are thinking of seeing a hypnotherapist, it is imperative that you first get the okay from your primary care physician.
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