Is Hypnotherapy Effective for the Treatment of Bi-Polar Disorder?

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have emerged as promising therapeutic approaches for treating various mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder. While there are varying theories of the cause of Bipolar disorder, it is a complex and chronic psychiatric illness characterized by fluctuations in mood, energy, and activity levels. People with bipolar disorder experience episodes of manic or hypomanic highs, which are often followed by periods of depression or sadness. 

Several studies and case reports suggest that hypnosis and hypnotherapy can improve symptoms of bipolar disorder, particularly in the realm of mood stabilization. A 2015 review found that hypnotherapy was effective in reducing depressive symptoms in patients with bipolar disorder, with evidence of improvement in sleep quality, mood regulation, self-esteem, and overall quality of life (Schoenberger, Kirsch, & Monahan, 2015). 

Another study explored the effects of hypnotherapy on mood swings, anxiety, and depression in patients with bipolar disorder type II (Vandevander, Kumrow, & Weyandt, 2006). The researchers used a combination of traditional cognitive-behavioral interventions and hypnotherapy to treat six patients with bipolar disorder over eight weeks. Results showed significant improvements in mood stability, decreased anxiety, and improved affect regulation.

Additionally, a case report published in the Journal of Clinical Hypnosis described a patient with bipolar disorder who experienced significant symptom reduction after receiving hypnotherapy (Baldwin, 2013). In this case, the patient, who had been experiencing persistent suicidal ideation and feelings of hopelessness, reported feeling more relaxed, calm, and confident after undergoing hypnotherapy. The author stated that hypnotherapy may provide a valuable option for people with bipolar disorder who are seeking alternative or complementary treatments to traditional medication and talk therapy.

In conclusion, hypnosis and hypnotherapy offer a promising treatment approach for individuals with bipolar disorder. These studies are just some of the research that suggest that hypnotherapy can improve mood regulation, decrease anxiety, and improve overall quality of life in people with bipolar disorder. It is crucial that individuals with bipolar disorder work closely with a trained and registered clinical hypnotherapist who can monitor their symptoms and ensure that they receive comprehensive and appropriate care.



Baldwin, G. (2013). Clinical hypnosis in the treatment of bipolar affective disorder: A case study. Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 55(2), 279-284.

Schoenberger, N. E., Kirsch, I., & Monahan, K. (2015). Hypnosis in the treatment of depression: Considerations in research design and methods. Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy, 32(4), 210-225.

Vandevander, S. L., Kumrow, D., & Weyandt, L. L. (2006). Hypnotherapy for a patient with bipolar disorder type II: A case study. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 49(2), 109-119.