Clinical Hypnotherapy may slow down the impacts of Alzheimer Disease in patients.

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Dementia is the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century: around 50 million people worldwide have dementia and this number is predicted to triple by 2050.
Recent findings from the University of Liverpool in England and the Mayo Clinic in the United States have found that Clinical Hypnotherapy may slow down the impacts of dementia and improve quality of life for Alzheimer patients. My own research and patient participation have concluded that techniques such as visualisation have helped in seven main areas:
1. Concentration on daily tasks thus retaining valued independence.
2. Relaxation thereby reducing anxiety which is a common feature.
3. Motivation, which helps to avoid depressive states.
4. Undertaking daily activities and keeping active.
5. Short term memory retention.
6. Memory for significant life events.
7. Socialization, thereby avoiding the tendency for self-isolation and depression.
This research has found that people living with dementia who had received hypnotherapy showed an improvement in concentration, memory and socialization compared to the other treatment groups. Relaxation, motivation and daily living activities also improved with the use of hypnotherapy.
It is my understanding that the sub cortical brain has no language and can’t think so if the work is directed towards emotional and sensory experiences, you may have a better chance of improvement in functioning. It is better not to work within the frame of Alzheimer’s but to work within the frame the patient offers and with the response given. This framework constructed out of the answers they give.
Participants who are aware of the onset of dementia may become depressed and anxious at their gradual loss of cognitive ability and so hypnotherapy, which is a tool for relaxation, can really help the mind concentrate on positive activity like socialization.
My belief is that medication alone is not the only answer to a better quality of life in patients. Treating the mind similar to the way we treat heart conditions by way of exercise and motivational strategies, empowers and brings to the patients a greater degree of wellbeing and socialisation.

At Art of Well-Being Hypnosis, I believe in providing an affordable service for clients and aim to ensure that finances do not prevent someone from being able to access help and support when needed.

Have an amazing day,

Brian William Smith.

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4 Comments

  1. Ash says:

    Great read and it is an insidious situation that has affected many good people. Do you think hypnotherapy can be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?

    • Brian Smith says:

      Thank you Ash for your comment and question. I believe if you detect Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages, who is to say you can’t cure that? The evidence now suggests that decisions you make in mid-life can impact your chances of getting dementia, as well as your brain health after diagnosis. Healthy habits around exercise, weight control, eating a balanced diet and not smoking from an early age may help slow the progression of dementia over decades to come.
      People living with dementia now have a viable safe option utilising hypnotherapy and the latest research is indicating an improvement in concentration, memory and socialization. Relaxation, motivation and daily living activities also improved with the use of clinical hypnotherapy.

  2. Kimberly says:

    My father has demenia and the doctor sometimes mentions alzheimers disease. Can you explain what the difference is between them.

    • Brian Smith says:

      Hello Kimberly,
      That is a great questions to ask and it is beneficial in many ways to always seek out quality information for your own piece of mind.
      I would highly recommend and suggest that you have a discussion with your fathers physician about any concerns or questions you have.
      It is my belief that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably as many people believe that one means the other.

      In fact, the distinction between the two diseases often causes confusion on the behalf of patients, families and caregivers.
      Dementia is an umbrella term for a set of symptoms including impaired thinking and memory. It is a term that is often associated with the cognitive decline of aging.
      Other common causes of dementia are Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

      Alzheimer’s is a very specific form of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include impaired thought, impaired speech, and confusion.
      Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Among the patients who have been diagnosed with dementia, 60-70% of them have Alzheimer’s disease.
      It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that is progressive.
      The symptom of Alzheimer’s worsens with time as the patient ages.

      I trust that this reply answers your question.