One intervention that Chris has not tried is hypnosis. It's not because I don't believe in it, it's because the situation hasn't presented itself, yet. I began to get interested in hypnosis when I met a woman who is the widow of Dr. Denys Kelsey. Denys Kelsey was a British psychiatrist who discovered early in his career that he had a knack for hypnosis. He was married for many years to Joan Grant, a writer like Taylor Caldwell, whose inspiration for her writing came from her past lives. (She claimed she was 25,000 years old!)
Now and Then by Dr. Denys Kelsey, is an eye-opener, as anything about past lives and fetal memory would be. Since I heard the "ping" of Chris's conception, and since Chris claims he has fetal memory, I wouldn't mind if he "had a go" at hypnosis. This would go over like a lead balloon with my husband, who doesn't want to bring in any psychiatrist other than the one Chris is seeing. Chris is also understandably tired of seeing a psychiatrist week in and week out. Still . . .
Dr. Stern doesn't "do" hypnosis, to my knowledge. She does Family Constellation Therapy and psychotherapy but not hypnosis. Wanting to try different therapies isn't as clear cut as you would think. In the program that Chris attended for two years, the parents were always asking about hypnosis and the opinion of the doctors was uniformly against it. The program didn't "do" hypnosis, either. Neither did it "do" Family Constellation Therapy. What kind of one-on-one therapy it did do is a mystery to me. I suspect that everybody got the same superficial therapy, no matter what their diagnosis. Therapy lite is not for schizophrenia. You've really got to get in there.
I have read much conflicting advice surrounding hypnosis, such as that people with schizophrenia can't be hypnotized, meaning that there is something about them that they do not become hypnotized. I have also read that it is dangerous to hypnotize people with schizophrenia. It makes me wonder if there is no distinction made between someone with active psychosis (no doubt hard to hypnotize and exhibiting unpredictable behavior) and someone who is delusion free. Within the past year or so I have noticed more and more positive articles about hypnosis as a treatment for schizophrenia. The whole area is murky with misinformation and perhaps disinformation. Chris's program doctors were firmly in the camp of it is dangerous to hypnotize schizophrenics. I think their opinion is formed because their favored ammunition is drug therapy.
Psychiatrists seem to be sensitive people. If you are seeing one doctor, you are supposed to apparently only do what that doctor recommends, which is coincidentally whatever he/she is specialized in. If I bring up the idea of trying a new therapy (even a one-off therapy) in addition to Chris's regular psychiatric appointments, it's like I'm being hugely disloyal. I don't think it ought to be this way. As a parent I want to get help for my son anyway I can. I would like to say to psychiatrists "get over it". Let's put our egos aside and maybe shave some time off the recovery process.
Hypnosis, done with a responsible therapist, can reveal startling reasons for why we behave the way we do in this life, whether it is overeating, flying into uncontrollable rages, or any number of things. Better still, it can resolve issues that may seem impossible to fix. Young children, in particular, are very close to fetal memories and possible past lives. I am willing to believe just about anything these days, thanks to schizophrenia. Three quarters of the world's population believes in reincarnation. I am not about to argue against what the majority of people believe in. They all can't be wrong.
I would be interested to know if anyone reading this post has undergone hypnosis to treat schizophrenia. If so, do you feel it was done well? What results did you notice? Would you recommend this therapy to treat schizophrenia? If you were seeing a psychiatrist at the time, how did you make your case that hypnosis was needed?