Research: GYSIN, (No affiliation pr

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GYSIN, (No affiliation provided) writes that chronic and episodic headaches in children and adolescents are a common problem, and that the growing resistance against the frequent use of drugs is quite justified. The author conducted a study in order to search for other helpful therapeutic approaches .



The author compared the effect of 5 sessions of hypnosis/ self-hypnosis given at weekly intervals for 30 minutes with two other psychological treatments each requiring the same amount of time, behaviour therapy and talking to the doctor.


Despite the small number of patients, both types of treatments were effective. The hypnosis/self-hypnosis appeared to be superior not only in terms of frequency and intensity of headaches, but also regarding the patients ability to keep their headaches and well-being under control.



Gysin T. Clinical hypnotherapy/self-hypnosis for unspecified, chronic and episodic headache without migraine and other defined headaches in children and adolescents. Forschende Komplementarmedizin 6(1): 44-6. Feb 1999.  

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