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17 Sep 2006

Hypno therapy
Hi CS,

A couple of years ago I went for hypno therapy iro my depression,
which actually turned out to be bipolar. What do you think of this
method, didn't really work for me, it was darn scary though!

I was wondering if I should try it again now that I have been properly diagnosed, as I feel like the drugs are taking over my life, forget to drink it and you feel like a swarm of bees are trying to build a hive in your head. (efexor and camcolit).

thanks for always being there for us! :D
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

I'm not surprised that hypnotherapy didn't help --- there's not a single shred of good scientific evidence that it EVER helps Depression, let alone Bipolar Depression. Of course, boring and long-winded as ever, HomoeothermicPsych will jump in and insist that Hupnosis is exactly what you need, as he hasn't any interest in scientific research except when he can find some that supports his prejudices, and he seems to feel that hypnosis is the best possible thing for almost everything, from Ingrown toenails to dandruff. I'm puzzled --- you tried it, it didn't work, and it was scary ( which it should not have been ) --- why would you want to try it again ?
You'd do better to get a second opinion from a competent psychiatrist on the medical treatnment of Bipolar Disorder --- I don't like Efexor at all, and it can be dangerous in people with high blood pressure or other heart disease. Lithium ( Camcolit ) can be helpful, but in Bipolar Disorder in which depression is the main feature, Lamictin is shown to be very suitable indeed, perhaps with a better antidepressant. These drugs cannot take over your life, but they can help you to take over your life. As a non-drug element, rather add CBT counselling, which has a proven track record in helping depression.
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