I’m sorry I can’t quote who said it. I was watching one of the news channels and the news man was talking to a psychologist about it. Evidently some organization, and that is the part that I missed, I didn’t get the name; created a survey that asked questions about anxiety and depression. When all the surveys were complete they then went to the DSM-IV-TR (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, by the American Psychiatric Association) and found that about 50% of the people that they surveyed were suffering from at least one mental illness AND that as much as one half of those people may be seriously mentally ill.
I don’t know what to make of this. What was the point? Are we the sickest nation on Earth? Or is the whole world in the same boat with us? Or, is the American Psychiatric Association (APA) making one of the greatest land grabs in the turf war that is going on behind the scenes. You see, some factions in the APA is doing are doing thier best to create legislation that would put most professional hypnotherapists out of business. If they can come up with compelling statistics “showing” that at least half of us should only meet with licensed medical practitioners to handle our stress or to improve our mood then, or even to change our bad habits, then they can push to get legislation passed that says so.
Let me tell you what this would do to the use of hypnosis in our country. Most professional hypnotherapists, the highly trained kind, generally spend around an hour and a half with each client for each session. Many schedule longer sessions. Why do they do that? Because they care about helping the client, and powerful techniques such as age regression and parts therapy take a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes to complete. That doesn’t include the time it takes to conduct the rest of the appointment, such as gathering information from the client before and after the time spend doing hypnosis. You simply can’t utilize the very best technology available to the hypnotherapist in a 10 or 15 minute office visit, the typical time spent with a doctor during a visit to his or her office.