Can Hypnosis Cure Bipolar Disease?

October 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Medical/Physical

Treating Manic Depressive Symptoms with Hypnosis

Bipolar disease, also known as manic depressive disorder, is a type of mood disorder.  Everyone has highs and lows, but people with bipolar have extreme highs and lows.  This can sometimes inhibit their ability to function in life.  Extreme bouts of bipolar can lead to aggressive and/or self-destructive behaviors.  Some bipolars have audial and visual hallucinations.  Many bipolars turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to self medicate.  Some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

  • insomnia
  • reckless behavior
  • impulsive behavior
  • racing thoughts
  • delusions and hallucinations
  • severe depression and thoughts of suicide

Bipolar is a very difficult disease to treat. Patients are generally given psychiotropic medication, but finding the right combination of meds can be difficult. Also, many bipolars prefer not to take their meds as it robs them of the supersonic energy they feel during the mania.

So, what’s the alternative?  Well, how about hypnosis?  If hypnotherapy is a great tool for molding the human mind, why not the bipolar mind?  Those were some of the questions I asked myself when I first started treating manic depressive symptoms using hypnotherapy.

My first experience with a bipolar patient was about 10 months ago.  When he first came to my office, he was in pretty bad shape. He was drinking excessively (to the point of black-outs) as a way to manage his illness.  He had severe insomnia and debilitating anxiety. He was totally out of control.

10 months later, he’s still sober.  He’s been taking his meds more consistently and he’s much less anxious.  He’s been sleeping better and he feels more balanced and in-control.

Can hypnosis cure bipolar disease? Maybe not entirely. But it can certainly be very useful in relieving some of the symptoms.

For more info on how hypnosis can alleviate bipolar sysmptoms, please write to us online or offline (melany@hypnoswitch.com).