Hypnosis often seems like a possible explanation and treatment method for people who suffer from overweight and obesity problems. Through a hypnosis procedure, you can discourage improper eating behavior and therefore begin to lose weight and put yourself on the path toward becoming healthy.
There are, however, a number of different risks that you take on when you undergo hypnosis of any kind. As with other psychotherapies, this method of treatment is not fully understood. There are a number of potential dangers that lurk in hypnosis, whether they are through people taking unfair advantage of you or as a result of clumsy or inexperienced hypnotists themselves. Here are a few of the most important risks to watch out for if you choose to use hypnosis as a tool for weight loss.
1. Loss of Willpower
A very small number of unscrupulous hypnotists will use their hypnosis sessions to take advantage of patients in some way. This risk is present but is minor, and should be easily avoided if you take proper precautions. Do not go to a hypnosis session alone and be sure to check on any and all qualifications for anyone who may perform hypnosis on you before you begin the procedure.
2. Release of Latent Psychoses
One of the more prominent risks with any type of psychotherapy is that it's unclear how any individual person will react to a particular type of treatment. This means that what may work splendidly for one person may cause harmful behaviors and attitudes in another. There is always the risk that you may discover some latent psychosis or phobia as a result of hypnosis. This can end up not only helping to halt your weight loss plan but also causing you a great many other problems.
3. Substitution of Symptoms and Causes
A more subtle problem but still an important risk to be aware of, substitution is the process by which the cause of one issue is transferred to another entirely. This can happen, in the case of people who use hypnosis for weight loss, when an addiction to food becomes transferred to an addiction to some other fixation or object, regardless of whether that person had any background with that object beforehand.
4. Release of Memories
Hypnosis can often lead to the freeing and release of certain memories which you may have otherwise blocked out of your mind. These memories can be potentially very harmful, both to you as an individual and also to your personal relationships and professional life, depending upon the nature of these mysteries. The power of hypnosis to uncover subconscious memories and other secrets of this type is not entirely understood and not controllable to a great degree, meaning that you put yourself at risk each time you go through a hypnosis procedure.
For more information about the benefits and risks of hypnosis, speak with a local doctor today.