11 doctors weighed in:
How effective is hypnotherapy with fighting depression?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: It can help
The person depressed seeking hypnotherapy needs to be able to yield conscious control to the therapist for best results, and should seek out the most experienced hypnotherapist they can.
As in other problems addressed by hypnosis, severe problems are less likely to respond and when a response is obtained there is a tendency for it to be brief. Adding medication is important for success.

In brief: It can help
The person depressed seeking hypnotherapy needs to be able to yield conscious control to the therapist for best results, and should seek out the most experienced hypnotherapist they can.
As in other problems addressed by hypnosis, severe problems are less likely to respond and when a response is obtained there is a tendency for it to be brief. Adding medication is important for success.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sort of
In combination with medications like ssri's, hypnotherapy is quite useful if performed with a good psychotherapist as is cognitive behavioral therapy.

In brief: Sort of
In combination with medications like ssri's, hypnotherapy is quite useful if performed with a good psychotherapist as is cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Treatment Accompli
Hypnosis is a tool of treatment, not the treatment.
One starts with a trance, but what happens while under trance is what constitutes the treatment, not hypnosis alone. One needs an experienced hypnotherapist who knows what to do, and I recommend Medical Hypnoanalysis over standard Cognitve treatment. This form of therapy has three stages, involves 10 to 16 sessions, and has excellent results.

In brief: Treatment Accompli
Hypnosis is a tool of treatment, not the treatment.
One starts with a trance, but what happens while under trance is what constitutes the treatment, not hypnosis alone. One needs an experienced hypnotherapist who knows what to do, and I recommend Medical Hypnoanalysis over standard Cognitve treatment. This form of therapy has three stages, involves 10 to 16 sessions, and has excellent results.
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
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