The Truth About Hypnosis
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The Truth About Hypnosis

Hypnosis isn't just for the movies. It's actually an effective medical treatment. Take the quiz to find out how much you know.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: When you are under hypnosis you fall into a deep sleep.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Despite what you may have seen in the movies, a hypnotized person is still awake and aware of what he or she is doing. During hypnosis, a person goes into a very relaxed state.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are the same thing.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The terms often are used interchangeably by mistake. Hypnosis refers to a state of mind or trance that allows for better communication between the conscious and unconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is the psychological healing process that uses hypnosis to reach a desired result. Hypnotherapy attempts to change feelings or behaviors -- hypnosis is the tool used to actually do it.

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Which type of person is more easily hypnotized?

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The correct answer is: People who are easily engrossed in books or movies tend to be hypnotized more easily than others. That's because they tend to be more open to suggestion.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: A person under hypnosis can still feel stress or anxiety.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Hypnosis alters brain waves, lowers blood pressure and can make the person feel stress-free. During hypnosis, the person is typically calm, at ease and happy. This allows the mind to be free and open to the hypnotherapist's suggestions.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these can hypnosis do for a woman?

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The correct answer is: According to a recent study of 187 postmenopausal women, hypnosis may help reduce hot flashes, cutting down their frequency by as much as 74%.

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Hypnosis has been shown to treat nausea and vomiting that occurs in which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: The evidence is mixed, but some women who experience a lot of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy appear to benefit from hypnosis.

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In which way can hypnotherapy be used to help pregnant women during labor?

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The correct answer is: Studies suggest that less pain medication may be needed during labor when hypnosis is used. Experts say that's because hypnosis seems to help a woman relax, feel more in control and reduce the need for induced labor.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

In which way can hypnotherapy help with fertility issues?

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The correct answer is: Some early research suggests hypnosis may improve the success of embryo transfers after in vitro fertilization.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hypnosis can improve one's memory.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Hypnotherapy can help you recall information and improve your memory. A trained hypnotherapist uses a process of suggestion and association to tap into the subconscious, which houses all of our memories and information.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Hypnotherapy can be used to successfully treat which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: The answer is all of the above. In addition, hypnotherapy has been shown to help treat insomnia, depression, fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions.

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True or false: Hypnotherapy can help you lose weight for good.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Studies show modest results with an average loss of about six pounds. These studies have been criticized because of the broad age range of subjects (21-56 year olds) and because hypnotherapy has to be tailored so much to the individual. Still, hypnotherapy does seem to help reinforce good eating habits for long term-weight loss.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hypnosis can be used instead of anesthesia during surgery.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While a few documented cases exist of hypnotherapy being used instead of anesthesia, it is not a widely researched or practiced form of hypnosis.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions has hypnosis been shown to help?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are conditions where hypnosis may be helpful. Hypnosis can also be used to reduce anxiety prior to or during chemotherapy.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

For burn victims, hypnosis can…

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The correct answer is: Clinical trials on burn patients suggest that hypnosis decreases pain (enough to reduce pain medication) and speeds healing.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can learn to hypnotize yourself.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Many people practice self-hypnosis. A hypnotherapist can teach you how, or you can use self-help books or recordings to learn. Sometimes, a hypnotherapist will record a session so you can use it over and over until you can recreate the session in your head.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Self-hypnosis can improve symptoms of…

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The correct answer is: People who learn self-hypnosis can see real improvements in hay fever symptoms. It takes about a year for it to start working, but when it does the person may also feel less stressed.

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True or false: Medical insurance companies do not cover hypnosis.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Some medical insurance companies do cover hypnosis as an alternative therapy. To see if your plan covers the cost of hypnosis with a trained hypnotherapist, call your healthcare insurance provider.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What kind of training is legally required for hypnotherapists?

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The correct answer is: Legally, no licensing or certification is required for hypnotherapy in most places. However, certain organizations, like the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association, provide voluntary training and certification to licensed medical and mental health professionals. The best way to find a credible hypnotherapist is to check with these groups.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these kinds of doctors may use hypnotherapy with their patients?

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The correct answer is: Some dentists use hypnosis to reduce the pain and anxiety patients may experience while undergoing longer or more complicated procedures such as tooth extractions. Studies have shown that people who undergo hypnosis during dental procedures require less pain medication and feel less discomfort than patients who are not hypnotized.

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True or false: Hypnosis is never dangerous.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Therapists who are untrained or inexperienced may prompt negative reactions during a hypnosis session that can make a person sick or uncomfortable. One area of controversy is the use of hypnotherapy to recover repressed memories. This practice may create false memories or cause strong adverse reactions. Though rare, other adverse reactions to hypnotherapy may include anxiety or panic, dizziness, headache and nausea.

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