Action on Depression campaign: GPs use self-hypnosis to combat depression
Dr Alistair Dobbin has led GPs in Edinburgh in the use of an innovative self-hypnosis programme designed to tackle the crisis in access to depression services. Dr Dobbin, a GP in the city, designed a 12-week psychological therapy programme on CD that GPs prescribe to patients to copy and return, in place of antidepressants.
Patients lie back in a hypnotic state while listening to the Positive Mental Training CDs, which use CBT and emotional training based on a course designed to help Swedish athletes reach the Olympics.
Dr Dobbin said: 'The interesting thing about this is that existing staff are doing the work so you don't need psychologists.'
The pilot programme, launched in February, has already proved popular with GPs.