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Mar 30, 2011

The Effects of Psychotherapy on Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a common disorder, marked by overwhelming fears of interacting with others and expectations of being harshly judged. Medication and psychotherapy both help people with the disorder. But research on the neurological effects of psychotherapy has lagged far behind that on medication-induced changes in the brain.”  If you need to read more of this research outcome follow the link below:

Mar 11, 2011

Tsunami increases high Anxiety

Unfortunate thing happened today at Japan. There was a major earthquake.  We even in California awaken by the phone call 4:00AM in the morning.  The police department was warning us for the possible tsunami

  There is a natural real threat in the enviroment and we don’t know how it will affects us.  These are the things I can suggest you to do:

1-In order to reduce your anxiety and prepare to be safe, try to get more information about your local area about the anticiated tsunami.   You can call your local police department or listen your local radio/ TV channels.

2-Do not stuck in the worried feelings,  start making plans: Such as  where you want to be and what are the things you want  to carry with you.  How do you  travel to your safe destination before the disaster hits.

Remember if you are an axious person, you may force to  think rationally as much as possible.  Remember there is only a one difference between anxious person and non anxious person:  Anxious person worries and tries to avoid  from the anxiety provoking situation before it happens; non anxious person worries and go forward to solve the problem when it happens, and  keep things under control as much as possible.

“Tokyo (CNN) — The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in at least 100 years unleashed walls of water Friday that swept across rice fields, engulfed towns, dragged houses onto highways and tossed cars and boats like toys, apparently killing hundreds and forcing the evacuations of tens of thousands”.

Mar 6, 2011

Uncertainity of the diagnosis causes anxiety and stress

“ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2010) — Have you ever felt uneasy sitting in a doctor’s waiting room or climbed the walls waiting for your test results? That feeling of anxious uncertainty can be more stressful than knowing you have a serious illness, according to a study presented November 29 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

I absolutely agree that uncertainity can cause high anxiety in our lives, especially if  this uncertainty has to do with our health related issues.   Our rational mind eventually kicks in when we know that we have some problem.  We start thinking of a solution.  We try to control the situation,  but if we don’t know what is the problem, that itself is an uncontrollable situation and creates high anxiety.  Therefore, it is  logical to think that uncertainity of the diagnosis can cause  high anxiety and stress.

Mar 2, 2011

The role of Hypnotherapy in Anxiety Treatment

Sometimes when we are conscious,  modifying emotions that are in the subconscious state is not possible.  It may be we are more defensive when we are awake.  The benefit of hypnotherapy is to allow us the reach our subconscious mind. The person who undergoes hypnotherapy for anxiety is fully aware about his/her whereabouts and can control the situation.  Perhaps this contradicts to the general notion of hypnotherapy wherein the person is expected to be completely unaware about his surroundings or disassociate from the reality. The person undergoing hypnotherapy can opt to leave the therapy session whenever he/she wants.    As a psychologist, I see many of my clients respond  well to combinations of hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to overcome anxiety and panic attacks.


Dr. Coyle is a clinical psychologist whose emphasis is health psychology. She specializes in Mind-Body medicine techniques. She has a broad range of experience in psychotherapy having practiced in Eastern Europe as well as in the United States. She provides therapies to individuals, and couples and families, by using mind-body approach and other techniques.