Hypnosis & anxiety research


There are a growing number of studies that show a link between hypnosis and anxiety reduction. A clinical review of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the British Medical Journal looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded:

‘There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety […]’,

The same report also concluded that hypnosis was proven to be effective in treating panic attacks and phobia. (Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349).

Take a look at some of the research below to see how hypnosis is being found to help with anxiety across a range of issues:



Ashton, C., Whitworth G.C., Seldomridge, J.A., Shapiro, P.A., Weinberg, A.D., Michler, R.E., Smith, C.R., Rose, E.A., Fisher, S., Oz, M.C. (1997) Self-hypnosis reduces anxiety following coronary artery bypass surgery. A prospective, randomised trial. The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, 38(1) pp69-75

Faymonville, M.E. Mambourg, P.H., Joris, J., Vrijens,B., Fissette, J., Albert, A., Lamy, M. (1997) Psychological approaches during conscious sedation. Hypnosis versus stress reducing strategies: a prospective randomized study. Pain, 73(3) pp361-367

Golden, W.L. (2012) Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Disorders. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 54 (4) pp 263-274

Hilgard, J.R. & Lebaron, S.  (1982) Relief of anxiety and pain in children and adolescents with cancer: Quantitative measures and clinical observations. nternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 30(4) 417-442

Miller, A. (1986) Brief Reconstructive Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Reactions: Three Case Reports. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 28(3) pp138-146

Schoenberger, N.E., Kirsch,I., Gearan, P., Montgomery G., Pastyrnak, S.L. (1997) Hypnotic enhancement of a cognitive behavioral treatment for public speaking anxiety. Behaviour Therapy 28(1) pp127-140

Shenefelt, P.D. (2013) Anxiety Reduction Using Hypnotic Induction and Self-Guided Imagery for Relaxation During Dermatologic Procedures. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61(3) pp 305-318

Stanton, H.E. (1993) Using Hypnotherapy to Overcome Examination Anxiety. merican Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 35(3) pp198-204


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