Alopecia Areata Hypnosis for Psychological Wellbeing

Severe and prolonged forms of alopecia areata can have serious psychological effects that can lead to significant reductions in a persons quality of life. Long term symptoms in 21 participants with refractory alopecia areata were examined. Over a 6-month period, participants received 10 hypnotherapy sessions. Post-treatment, participants anxiety, amelioration of alexithymia, depression and mental well-being was evaluated. Results indicated there was a significant improvement throughout all areas which was also maintained up to 6 months after the treatment finished.

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Alopecia Areata Hypnotherapy Benefits

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease which results in loss of hair from the scalp. Previous studies have shown it is often triggered by psychological stress. In this study 21 patients, who had not responded to conventional treatment, were selected for hypnotic treatment. A hypnotherapeutic approach combining symptom-orientated suggestions with suggestions for improved self-esteem was employed. After treatment, 12 of the 24 patients experienced significant hair regrowth. This included 4 patients with total scalp loss. Furthermore, hypnotherapy was shown to significantly reduce scores in anxiety and depression.

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