Question from Oliver Sacks- Man Mistook his wife for a hat

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by surftheiop, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. surftheiop

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    Dec 4, 2008
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    So im reading Oliver Sacks (neurologist) book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
    In the second chapter he is talking about a patient with Korsakov's amnesia.

    He talks about how he sent the patient to a psychiatrist for evaluation and then says

    "the examination had included a sodium amytal test, calculated to "release" any memories which might be repressed. She also attempted to hypnotize the patient, in hopes of eliciting memories repressed by hysteria"

    I was curious if these (especially curious about hypnosis) would still be widely used or acceptable techniques in psychiatry?
  2. michaelrack

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    Dec 22, 2007
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    Hypnosis and the amytal interview are accepted components of psychiatry. The amytal interview is rarely done today, but I do know one psychiatrist who has used it in the evaluation and treatment of conversion disorder. Hypnosis in its pure form is also uncommon among psychiatrists today, but components of it (e.g. guided imagery) are fairly common among psychiatrists who have a large psychotherapy component to their practice.

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