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Friday 11 June 2010

Hypnotherapy helps dementia sufferers, claims study

Research from the University of Liverpool has found that hypnotherapy can help those suffering from dementia retain and improve their quality of life.

The Daily Mail reports that forensic psychologist Dr Simon Duff investigated the effects of hypnosis therapy on dementia sufferers in comparison with conventional health-care methods, as well as in comparison to group therapy. According to his research, hypnotherapy helped dementia sufferers retain their mental faculties in comparison with those who received standard treatment.

According to Dr Duff, "those having regular hypnosis sessions showed real improvement across all of the areas that we looked at [whilst] the group who received 'treatment as usual' showed a small decline over the assessment period."

He says that dementia sufferers who received hypnotherapy showed an improvement in concentration, memory, socialisation, relaxation, motivation and daily living activities.

"Participants who are aware of the onset of dementia may become depressed and anxious at their gradual loss of cognitive ability," said Dr Duff, adding that hypnotherapy could help sufferers relax so that they can concentrate on positive activities. The Daily Mail reports that Dr Duff is now conducting further research into how hypnotherapy can help treat dementia patients to establish how effective it is in the long term, particularly as the illness progresses.

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