Am J Clin Hypn 1997 Oct;40(2):97-110
Numerous anecdotal reports and textbooks from distinguished mental health practitioners have accorded to clinical hypnosis a prominent role in the successful psychotherapeutic treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This ideographic inquiry of one such treatment offers empirical support for the instrumental effects of clinical hypnosis with a highly hypnotizable patient who alleged intermittent sexual abuse during the 2-5 age range. Multiple pre- and post-intervention measures, plus treatment trajectory monitoring and explication, demonstrate how hypnosis methodology contributed to a rapid recovery from DID. Future research is called for to further elucidate the therapeutic benefits of clinical hypnosis for DID patients having different levels of hypnotizability and treatment responsiveness.