For those with Tourette's syndrome life can be pretty tough but research suggests that children and young adults may be able to gain some degree of control over their involuntary tics through self-hypnosis. The research is still at a very early stage and no conclusive report has been made yet.
The study was reported in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioural Pediatrics and detailed how Tourette's sufferers were taught to relax through self-hypnosis. Through a variety of techniques, the participants in the study were shown how to stop the tics before they thought about them happening or to imagine that they could switch them off like a light switch.
The early results of the study show potentially dramatic results. 79% of participants experienced "a dramatic increase in their ability to control their tics" and this was after just two to four sessions.
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About the author:
Richard Hennessy is the principal hypnotherapist at Focused Hypnosis. He founded Focused Hypnosis in 2009 and since then it has consistently been one of the highest rated hypnotherapy clinics in Sheffield. It is now the biggest hypnotherapy practise in Sheffield. Richard specialises in weight management.