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Il trattamento dei Disturbi di Conversione: studio sull’efficacia di un protocollo ipnotico ultrabreve
Journal Title: IPNOSI 
Author/s: Camillo Loriedo, Flavio Di Leone, Maria Chiara Torti, Silvia Solaroli 
Year:  2010 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 5-19 FullText PDF:  581 KB
DOI:  10.3280/IPN2010-001001
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This controlled and randomized study tested whether an ultra-short hypnosis-based treatment can be considered effective for patients with Conversion Disorders. Twenty-two patients with Conversion Disorders of different subtypes, were randomly assigned either to our hypnosis-based protocol (12 subjects) or to common psychiatric treatment (11 subjects). All the patients were tested at the beginning (T0) and at 12-mounth follow-up with the following evaluation scales: Toronto Alexithymia Scale, Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire, Symptom Check List-90, Illness Behaviour Inventory e Disability Scale. The results of our study show that hypnosis-based protocol patients reported meaningful improvement if compared to the baseline while control-patients did not; prominent improvement was found for conversion symptoms as well for other psychopathological aspects like: alexithymia, disturbed behaviour, dissociation, and somatisation. In conclusion, our ultra-short hypnotic-based protocol seems to be an effective treatment for Conversion Disorders; particularly if ‘tailored’ on patient’s features, it seems to reduce treatment’s costs and duration.
Keywords: Brief therapy, Conversion Disorder, hysteria, hypnotherapy.

Camillo Loriedo, Flavio Di Leone, Maria Chiara Torti, Silvia Solaroli, in "IPNOSI" 1/2010, pp. 5-19, DOI:10.3280/IPN2010-001001


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