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14 July 2010

Self-hypnosis may help Tourette's tics

Children and young adults with Tourette's syndrome can gain control over their involuntary tics through self-hypnosis, a small new study suggests.

Children and young adults with Tourette's syndrome can gain control over their involuntary tics through self-hypnosis, a small new study suggests.

"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.

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

'Other reasons for improvement'

 
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