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Teenagers taught self-hypnosis

16th January 2007

A senior specialist educational psychologist has suggested that self-hypnosis could help young people overcome anxiety and depression.

David Byron carried out the innovative Hampshire Hypnotherapy Project for six years on pupils with anxiety related problems.  Mr Byron studied ten pupils who had undergone hypnotherapy and ten pupils who were being taught more traditional relaxation techniques. His study found that whilst both approaches helped to reduce anxiety, hypnotherapy seemed to produce greater results, with additional reductions in hopelessness and an improvement in self-esteem. Those pupils who had undergone hypnotherapy also noticed improvements over subsequent months.  Mr Byron said: "It seems to empower the students’ to change their lives and it’s not me doing it, it’s them. I’m just showing them how to do it."

The project has been the focus of doctoral research at University College London based on secondary school pupils who have anxiety and/or depression. The problems suffered by the young people affect their social-emotional well-being as well as their educational progress and home life.  During the project students and parents were encouraged to work together with the student setting the agenda for change in their lives.  Once targets were established, the pupils were then taught how to self-hypnotise and work on their targets.


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