Navigation Links
Can Self-Hypnosis Help Tourette Patients Control Tics?
Date:7/13/2010

TUESDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- Children and young adults with Tourette syndrome can gain control over their involuntary tics through self-hypnosis, a small new study suggests.

But a specialist in the condition said the research is too preliminary to indicate whether the strategy actually works.

In the study, reported in the July/August issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, researchers used a video to teach 33 people aged 6 to 19 how to relax through self-hypnosis. The participants all had the tics caused by Tourette syndrome.

"Once the patient is in his or her highly focused 'special place,' work is then done on controlling the tic. We ask the patient to imagine the feeling right before that tic occurs and to put up a stop sign in front of it, or to imagine a tic switch that can be turned on and off like a light switch," study co-author Dr. Jeffrey Lazarus, formerly of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and now in private practice, said in a news release from the journal's publisher.

Of the participants, 26 (79 percent) experienced what the researchers called a dramatic increase in their ability to control their tics after two to four sessions.

In an interview, Tourette specialist and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee psychology professor Douglas W. Woods said other factors besides the hypnosis training could explain the improvement in the patients. In many cases, tics go away on their own, he said.

Other strategies besides the "wait and see" approach include medications and therapy designed to teach patients how to control their tics, Woods said. He co-authored a recent study that showed the value of that technique, known as comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics.

"Maybe hypnosis could be shown to be effective in treating tics down the road, but I don't think this study does that," Woods stated.

More information

For more on Tourette syndrome, try the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, news release, July 12, 2010; Douglas W. Woods, Ph.D., psychology professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Behavior therapy effective in reducing tics in children with Tourette syndrome, study finds
2. Getting Closer to Cause of Tourette Syndrome
3. Pain, dry mouth may play role in sleep quality of head and neck cancer patients
4. Talking touchscreens aid patients
5. Study suggests link between scleroderma, cancer in certain patients
6. Endoscopic ultrasound evaluation is associated with improved outcomes in pancreatic cancer patients
7. New Diabetes Treatment Program Improves Health of Diabetes Patients and Their Families
8. Home care equivalent to hospital care for some patients with cystic fibrosis
9. Study finds patients benefit from thorough discussion of recommended operations
10. Society of Interventional Radiology advances global definition of specialty, benefits patients
11. Attitudes, beliefs and health literacy impact how patients manage chronic lower-back pain
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Can Self-Hypnosis Help Tourette Patients Control Tics?
(Date:1/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... and breast cancer survivor Sandra Lee as keynote speaker for the 34th Annual ... Florida. , In making the announcement, PER® president, Phil Talamo, said, “We are ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... ranked among the top US security companies for consecutive years, today announced the ... brings a year-long independent board nomination process to a close and positions Lynx ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... , ... Today, FloSports , a global leader in live digital sports ... of a long-term extension of their media partnership. The partnership, which began in 2013, ... sport’s premier events exclusively on FloWrestling.com as well as usage of the FloArena meet ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... 2017 , ... To provide comfort and fuel during the ... category, announces a hearty and wholesome Winter Menu. Starting today, guests can enjoy ... Cranberry Crunch & Honey Parfait, Slow Cooked Smoky Chicken & Sausage Soup, and ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... California (PRWEB) , ... January 16, 2017 , ... California ... Dr. Beazley has served on CalSouthern’s Board of Trustees and as a core faculty ... addition, he has been a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, where he earned ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... PUNE, India , Jan. 17, 2017  Market Research Future ... Global Endoscopy Devices Market is expected to reach USD 33.6 million ... 2016. Market Highlights ... The Global Endoscopy Devices Market has been examined as ... rate. Globally there is huge demand for endoscopy device in various ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Following an initial analysis, the Senior ... and Drug Administration,s (FDA,s) final regulatory guidance regarding ... Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities." In its final guidance, ... -- which would have put patients at risk ... care (LTC) pharmacies.  The agency ...
(Date:1/17/2017)...   Anesthesia Business Consultants (ABC), a ... the anesthesia and pain management specialty, discusses the ... conundrum" (as described recently in Anesthesiology News) requiring ... carefully before recommending medical marijuana for their patients. ... Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, " The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: