Zhurnal Nevropatologii I Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova (Moscow, Russia: 1952)
The paper reports on observations of the onset and development of neurotic states in patients (n = 51) suffering from various forms of epilepsy at different stages of the disease. The clinical features of the principal types of neuroses such as neurasthenia, hysteria or neurosis of obsessive states proceeding in the presence of epilepsy are considered and clinical examples are adduced. Recommendations are given on the treatment of such patients using psychotherapy (including hypnotherapy) and acupuncture combined with basic anticonvulsion treatment.
Fifteen patients with a history of painful episodes of sickle cell disease were given training in progressive relaxation, thermal biofeedback, cognitive strategies, and self-hypnosis to help them develop self-management skills to relieve pain. Results show a 38.5% reduction in the number of emergency room visits, a 31% reduction in the number of hospitalizations, and a 50% reduction in the inpatient stay during the 6 months since the beginning of therapy compared to 6 months prior to therapy. Analgesic intake was reduced by 29% for those who were using it regularly.