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Is hypnosis dangerous?

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Hypnosis is usually safe as long as a trained professional does it. Not all states require people to have certification in hypnotherapy in order to practice it. As you do your research, make sure that anyone you consider has a license in hypnotherapy or that they're a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis or the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Hypnosis can be dangerous for people with serious mental disorders, including:

Experts aren't sure if people with schizophrenia can reach total hypnosis. Some suggest hypnosis may cause other mental health problems for people with it.

Doctors may use hypnosis to bring back memories or stressful events linked to your mental condition. There is some controversy around this practice. If the person giving the treatment isn't a trained professional, it could cause the creation of fake memories, which could further confuse a person's mental health issues and bring more problems.

If you're considering hypnosis for help with chronic pain, make sure a doctor has first checked you for other conditions that medication or surgery can help.

Hypnosis is safest for people with less serious mental or physical conditions.

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Drug and alcohol habits
  • Schizophrenia

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Hypnotherapy: Risks / Benefits.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hypnosis.”

Harvard Medical School: “Hypnosis as mental health therapy.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 28, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Hypnotherapy: Risks / Benefits.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hypnosis.”

Harvard Medical School: “Hypnosis as mental health therapy.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 28, 2020

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