Using art to help understand the imagery of irritable bowel syndrome and its response to hypnotherapy

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  • External authors:
  • Helen R. Carruthers
  • Vivien Miller
  • Julie Morris
  • Raymond Evans
  • Nicholas Tarrier


A medical artist asked 109 patients if they had an image of their IBS pre- and posthypnotherapy, making precise watercolor paintings of any images described. Results were related to treatment outcome, symptoms, anxiety, depression, and absorption (hypnotizability); 49% of patients had an image, and a wide variety were recorded and painted. Imagery was significantly associated with gender (p

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-173
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009