Medistic Psychotherapy a psychotherapeutic technique developed by Professor Mufassil Uddin Ahmed, a noted psychologist of Bangladesh. The technique includes observation of the behavioural pattern of the patient; preparing case history on the basis of interview; making informal diagnosis; recording daily report of the patient including the dreams, daily activities, etc; producing relaxation in the patient by asking to lie down; asking patient to meditate on enjoying fine health and wellbeing and thereby initiating the stage of medism (psycho-spiritual characteristic of the state of meditation); applying hetero-suggestion on the patient in a confident tone, for the proper functioning of the body and for generating courage, confidence, optimism and a feeling of wellbeing and thereby strengthening personality; and finally, giving some verses to the patient for auto-suggestion.
Application of medistic psychotherapy is spread over 7-10 sessions of approximately one-hour duration. The diseases claimed to be successfully treated by Professor Ahmed are anxiety, amnesia, fear of death, marital maladjustment, inferiority complex, suicidal mania, obsession, compulsion, depression, somnumbulism, fugue, enuresis, drug addiction, criminal propensity and other types of psychoneurosis. The therapy is also known to be effective against several psychosomatic disorders such as peptic ulcer, loss of appetite, gastritis, cardio-vascular diseases, hypertension, migraine, asthma, eczema, impotency, frigidity, arthritis, diabetes, stammering, stuttering etc, and some chronic and so-called incurable physical diseases.
At present the use of Medistic psychotherapy is limited to a few local therapists trained by the late Professor Ahmed. [Hamida Akhter Begum]