Depressive patients are described by Lynn Hoffman as Sleeping Giants, that cannot be awaken by powerful efforts, while they are ready to arouse because of the delicate stimulus of a child. The role played by the non-depressed family members in the development, as well as in the treatment of depression can be considered very relevant. Some useful principles for utilizing hypnosis with depressive individuals and families as well as clinical examples will be presented together with both specific techniques and specific pitfalls that can be expected in the course of the therapeutic process.
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CAMILLO LORIEDO, MD PhD, is professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Rome, School of Medicine and the School of Specialization. Since 1998, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Milton Erickson Foundation. He has recently been elected President of the Italian Society of Psychotherapy. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Loriedo has been awarded the Milton H. Erickson Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Psychotherapy. He has authored over 350 scientific papers and 26 books.