Can Self-Hypnosis Help with my Child's ADHD?

I’ve heard that self-hypnosis can help a person manage ADHD symptoms. How does self-hypnosis work, and can it help my child?
The Experts | posted by Sandy Newmark, M.D.
Dr. Sandy Newmark

Self-hypnosis helps some children with ADHD. It is a way of using one’s mind and imagination to achieve certain goals. For example, a child with headaches can imagine herself in a relaxing place, and visualize her muscles relaxing. The visualization may actually cause the muscles to relax, and the headache might resolve. The mind-body connection is powerful.

Self-hypnosis can be helpful for dealing with anxiety and promoting relaxation, although I have not seen it help the core symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity. It is best taught to a child by a professional specializing in hypnosis. The goal is for the child to learn to hypnotize himself. It is simple and safe. In my practice, most self-hypnosis sessions last less than 10 minutes. I make an audio for a child to take home. He listens to it before bedtime, which helps induce a hypnotic state.

 
 
Copyright © 1998 - 2016 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 108 West 39th Street, Suite 805, New York, NY 10018