Mar 2, 2011
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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.

Feb 25, 2011
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How do you experience Panic?

   Once a person has experienced  panic attack, a series of consequences may follow:  The sufferer  is likely to try to avoid situations that either would trigger panic or place themselves in a situation where help might not be available.   This type of feeling can grow like a snow ball in their other aspects of lives.  A person who is experiencing spontaneous panic would most likely feel shortness of breath,  heart palpitations and a feeling of suffocation.  Of course these types of sensations lead to a  fear of being in any situation that would impair their ability to either get help (if they felt they were suffocating) or to get fresh air.  They worry these sensations will end with their death.  In some severe cases they actually think that they are having a heart attack and they end up in the ER. 

One thing I must say:  You don’t die of panic attack.  If you are a panic attack sufferer keep it in your mind that  your many experiences of panic attacks never end up with death.  You are still alive and ticking.  Therefore you have a lot of  evidence that you never die from it, even though you felt like you would.

Feb 11, 2011
ccoylepsyd

Anxiety versus Depression

Several researchers have addressed that anxiety and depression overlap in terms of symptoms( Zinbard et al., 1994). The researchers stated that both conditions involve difficulty of concentrating to tasks, memory impairment, irritability, fatigue, sleep problems, and sense of hopelessness.

But what are the differences in both conditions?   Clark et al. (1994), pointed out that while anxiety and depression both involve negative affect, anxiety is associated autonomic arousal.  In addition, tension, trembling, excessive worry are characteristics of anxiety symptoms, while, depressed mood, loss of enjoyment, suicidal ideation, and decreased energy are pure depressive symptoms.

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DR. CIGDEM COYLE, PSY.D – PSY22594

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.