Hypnotherapy and Bed Wetting (Enuresis)

Bed wetting, (Enuresis), is an extremely common  problem in childhood, mostly experienced by boys.

Eventually most children will grow out of it, although it does occasionally appear in adults as well.

However, the period when a child has this problem, if left unattended, can last for several years; years that are critical to the formation of a confident, self assured adult.

Enuresis can cause embarrassment, feeling of inadequacy and can also prevent a child from enjoying a normal social life, sleeping over or going on school camps, etc.

Hynpotherapy has long been recognised as a highly effective treatment for Enuresis; as effective as drug therapies, but without side effects.

Importantly, our ability as hypnotherapists to work directly with the subconscious to identify and deal with the underlying causes of the condition in each specific case, makes hypnotherapy the ideal solution.

Many studies have been done verifying the lasting success of hypnotherapy as a treatment for Enuresis.

For example, a study published in American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis* found the following:

“Various therapeutic modalities have been used for treating enuresis due to the lack of a single identifiable cause. We carried out a comparative study of imipramine and direct hypnotic suggestions with imagery used for the management of functional nocturnal enuresis. Enuretic children, ranging in age from 5 to 16 years, underwent 3 months of therapy with imipramine (N = 25) or hypnosis (N = 25).

After termination of the active treatment, the hypnosis group continued practicing self-hypnosis daily during the follow-up period of another 6 months.

Of the patients treated with imipramine, 76% had a positive response (all dry beds); for patients treated with hypnotic strategies, 72% responded positively. At the 9-month follow-up, 68% of patients in the hypnosis group maintained a positive response, whereas only 24% of the imipramine group did.

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis strategies were found to be less effective in younger children (5-7 years old) compared to imipramine treatment. The treatment response was not related to the hypnotic responsivity of the patient in either group.”

* Banerjee S. Srivastav A. Palan BM. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis in the management of nocturnal enuresis: a comparative study with imipramine therapy. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 1993;36(2):113-9

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