Can anyone use hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is safe for most people. However, it should not be used on anyone who suffers from psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations. People with epilepsy have also reported acute episodes following hypnotism, although a connection has not yet been proven. Make sure that the hypnotherapist is aware of any health issues you have, including cardiovascular difficulties. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not use hypnotherapy. If hypnotherapy is used for anxiety disorder, the patient should get a confirmed diagnosis from a professional first. Also, if hypnotherapy is used for pain control, the patient should first be evaluated by a medical specialist to determine the source of the pain.

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