Hypnotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy of acute stress disorder: a three-year follow-up. Behav Res Ther (in press)

School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Sydney, Australia.
Behaviour Research and Therapy (Impact Factor: 3.85). 10/2006; 44(9):1331-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2005.04.007
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The long-term benefits of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for trauma survivors with acute stress disorder were investigated by assessing patients 3 years after treatment. Civilian trauma survivors (n=87) were randomly allocated to six sessions of CBT, CBT combined with hypnosis, or supportive counselling (SC), 69 completed treatment, and 53 were assessed 2 years post-treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale. In terms of treatment completers, 2 CBT patients (10%), 4 CBT/hypnosis patients (22%), and 10 SC patients (63%) met PTSD criteria at 2-years follow-up. Intent-to-treat analyses indicated that 12 CBT patients (36%), 14 CBT/hypnosis patients (46%), and 16 SC patients (67%) met PTSD criteria at 2-year follow-up. Patients who received CBT and CBT/hypnosis reported less re-experiencing and less avoidance symptoms than patients who received SC. These findings point to the long-term benefits of early provision of CBT in the initial month after trauma.

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    • "Another controlled treatment study by Bryant and colleagues (2005) suggested that a combined CBT–hypnosis approach resulted in a greater reduction of re-experiencing symptoms at posttreatment than CBT alone. Although, in this sample, the CBThypnosis combined approach led to greater reductions when it came to re-experiencing symptoms at posttreatment than CBT alone, this difference was not evident at the 6-month nor 3-year follow-up assessments (Bryant et al., 2006). Lynn and Cardeña (2007) also noticed the urgent need for more research on hypnosis, hypnotic suggestibility, and posttraumatic conditions . "
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    • "Mindkét vizsgálatban 5 másfél órás ülésen vettek részt a bántalmazást vagy autóbalesetet elszenvedett betegek, akik mind megfeleltek az akut stressz zavar kritériumainak. Az első vizsgálatban [38] a CBT a klaszszikus protokollt követte, sorrendben pszichoedukáció, imaginatív expozíció (házi feladatként is), negatív automatikus gondolatok felismerése, kognitív átstrukturálás, expozíciós hierarchia felállítása, in vivo expozíció, relapsusprevenció . A hipnózissal kombinált feltétel ettől anynyiban tért el, hogy minden imaginációs expozíció előtt a személy meghallgatott egy 15 perces felvételt, amely hipnotikus indukciót tartalmazott és szuggesztiót az expozícióra vonatkozólag. "
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