Hypnotherapy as a treatment for enuresis

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1985 Jan;26(1):161-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1985.tb01635.x.


The main objective of this study was to provide an adequately controlled experimental and clinical study to assess the efficacy of hypnotherapy in the treatment of nocturnal enuresis. Subjects were 48 nocturnal enuretic boys, aged 8-13 yr. Treatment consisted of six standardized sessions, one hourly session per subject per week. Results indicated that hypnotherapy was significantly effective over 6 months in decreasing nocturnal enuresis, compared with both pretreatment baseline enuresis frequency and no-treatment controls. It also suggested that trance induction was not a necessary prerequisite for success. Comparison with other methods of treatment provided evidence that hypnotherapy was an effective alternative or adjunctive form of treatment for enuresis.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Child
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Enuresis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis* / methods
  • Imipramine / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Psychotherapy
  • Suggestion
  • Time Factors


  • Imipramine