Abramowitz, Eitan G; Lichtenberg, Pesach. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis57.2 (2009): 184-197.

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Abstract (summary)

The authors developed a technique, which they call hypnotherapeutic olfactory conditioning (HOC), for exploiting the ability of scents to arouse potent emotional reactions. During hypnosis, the patient learns to associate pleasant scents with a sense of security and self-control. The patient can subsequently use this newfound association to overcome phobias and prevent panic attacks. This may be especially effective for PTSD with episodes of anxiety, flashbacks, and dissociation triggered by smells. The authors present 3 cases, patients with needle phobia, panic disorder, and combat-induced PTSD who were successfully treated with the HOC technique. [Author Abstract]

Indexing (details)

Test and measure
Dissociative Experiences Scale (Bernstein and Putnam), Impact of Event Scale (Horowitz et al), Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale (Weitzenhoffer and Hilgard)
Title
Hypnotherapeutic olfactory conditioning (HOC): case studies of needle phobia, panic disorder, and combat-induced PTSD
Author
Abramowitz, Eitan G 1 ; Lichtenberg, Pesach Hadassah Medical School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Correspondence author
Volume
Issue
Pages
184-197
Number of pages
14
Publication year
2009
Year
2009
ISSN
0020-7144
Source type
Scholarly Journals
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language of publication
English (eng)
Document type
Journal Article
Update
2012-05-09
Accession number
37209
ProQuest document ID
906555785
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/906555785?accountid=28179
Last updated
2012-05-10
Database
PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress