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Hypnosis Provides Mental Illness Relief: Michael Bucy focuses on the cooperation between the mind and body

Apr 30, 2013 06:23PM ● By Michael Bucy

During the next 12 months, more than 25 percent of the U.S. adult population will be diagnosed with a mental illness, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. As researchers learn how the brain functions, they develop treatment methods to improve the lives of those stricken by mental illness.

The traditional approach to treatment relies on a combination of prescription drugs and counseling to relieve a patient’s symptoms. Unfortunately, it takes several weeks before the patient begins feeling better. In addition, they’re exposed to dangerous side effects and with prolonged use, are at risk of developing medical conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Dr. David Bohm, a noted physicist, believed that repetitive thoughts could change the brain chemistry of a person. Cutting-edge neuroscience is now confirming Bohm's conjectures. Even world religions hold this belief. Does this mean those with mental illness should just change what they’re thinking about to become well?

One solution may rest with hypnosis. Being hypnotized requires cooperation between the body and mind. Therefore, the definition of hypnosis is being in a deeply relaxed physical state that causes the subconscious mind to be acutely alert and receptive to suggestion and direction. Clients are encouraged to let their subconscious mind convert the suggestions and directions into actions that benefit them. As a result, they experience mental, emotional and physical changes along with goal achievement. Their goals are determined during the initial consultation and frequently evaluated during the program.

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is not a replacement for medical treatment, and mental illness can be difficult to treat. Individual results vary, but opportunity for success increases by selecting a hypnotherapist that provides customizable programs.

Michael Bucy, CH, is the owner of Deeply Relaxed, LLC. Contact him at 602-345-1114 or DeeplyRelaxed.com. He offers a free, 30-minute consultation to new clients.

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