Behavioral Medicine covers many different conditions such as Pain Management, Coping With Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Preparation for Surgery, Death and Dying, Infertility and Labor and Delivery.
Coping with Cancer
When patients are diagnosed with cancer, the physical and emotional distress of the disease, and its treatment, can be overwhelming. Patients typically experience stress and varying levels of anxiety, fear, depression, and the feeling that they are losing control over their bodies and their lives. Even more debilitating is the anticipation of chemotherapy and its unpleasant physical side effects.
The National Cancer Institute recommends the use of techniques such as visualization, imagery, relaxation, and focused attention to relieve stress and increase a sense of self-control. Through clinical hypnosis, patients are taught to develop visualization and relaxation proficiency, preferred imagery, and to set personal goals. This enables them to maximize the power of their brains with benefits that exceed beyond their cancer treatment.
Dr. Daitch has developed a CD program to help cancer patients deal effectively with the distress of their illness.
Because the mind has a profound influence over our physical bodies, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy have proved effective in treating acute and chronic conditions. Headaches, neck and back pain, burns, arthritis, and fibromyalgia are among the medical complaints presented by our patients. Because the mind has a profound influence over what is happening to our physical bodies, the psychological and hypnotherapeutic approach has proven to be effective in treating these conditions. If you are dealing with acute or chronic pain, we can offer alternatives to drug therapy.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder of the intestines that leads to cramps, gas, pain and bloating. Because doctors could not find an organic cause, IBS often was thought to be stress related. Now researchers have found that in people with IBS, the colon is more sensitive and reactive than in people who don’t have IBS.
The most likely culprits seem to be diet and emotional conflict. Eating particular foods can cause the colon to overreact in the person with IBS. Studies have shown that between 80-95 percent of patients treated with hypnosis have dramatic relief of symptoms.
Preparation for Surgery
We utilize hypnosis, visualization, and positive suggestions to help patients prepare for surgery. The techniques employed have proved to diminish fear of procedures and anesthesia, as well as to reduce complications and pain during the recovery period.
Death and Dying
When patients are diagnosed with an illness that is terminal, they need assistance to cope with the fear of dying. They typically have anxiety over what will happen during the progression of their illness, unresolved conflicts, how their death will affect family members, guilt, and loss of control to name just a few concerns.
A concerned, compassionate therapist can provide a safe atmosphere in which the patient can feel dignity and reach a sense of peace while coming to grips with their dying.
Clinical hypnosis can relieve the level of stress or anxiety by teaching the patient relaxation, visualization, and imagery techniques. These techniques have also proven successful in pain management, allowing the patient to experience a higher quality of life.
Infertility and treatment for infertility create enormous stress that can have negative consequences on marriages. In addition, women in treatment suffer discomfort from the procedures and from side effects of the hormones they take.
Because the mind-body connection affects fertility, we have had considerable success using clinical hypnosis and guided visualization to reduce the psychological distress of infertility.
Labor and Delivery
Hypnosis is very effective in diminishing pain and decreasing anxiety about the birth process. The shifts that occur in hypnosis help the mother dissociate from pain and feel in greater control. Frequently, there is no need for pain medication. This benefits baby and mother alike. Self-hypnosis helps to make the experience of labor and delivery more pleasant for both the mother and her partner.