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Monthly Archives: June 2010

  1. Imagery Calms, Energizes & Inspires Cancer Survivor

    A little more than a year ago, I was wheeled into surgery for what we all thought was a routine removal of a benign lump on my thyroid. But when I came out of that surgery, it was without a thyroid and with the designation "cancer survivor".
     
    That "benign" lump was actually a malignant tumor, stage two. The shock of that, not to mention the severe hypothyroidism I had to endure during treatment in the weeks following the surgery, were miserable. I'd never been so tired or in so much pain in my life.

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  2. Dissociated PTSD Survivor Can’t Remember Committing Crimes

    Question:

    I am a police officer in the U.K. I have suffered with PTSD since August 2007, after I almost shot an unarmed man. Following this incident my life went down the toilet. I ruined my marriage and everything else in my life. i have received treatment for PTSD and dissociation. However, I have discovered that during 2008 I may have committed fraud by applying for loans and running up huge credit card bills, to which I have no knowledge of, but looking at all of the evidence it is quite clear that I may have done this. I really don't know what to do as PTSD is not well known in the U.K legal system and I may find myself in the criminal court, having to explain what has happened to me to 12 jury members that have never heard of PTSD. I just don't know what to do.

    Can you please help me?
    John

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  3. CBT Plus Hypnosis Reduces Fatigue from Radiation Therapy

    Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York tested the effectiveness of a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and hypnosis (CBTH) to ameliorate radiotherapy-related fatigue.

    Women (n = 42) scheduled for breast cancer radiotherapy were randomly assigned to receive standard medical care (SMC) (n = 20) or a CBTH intervention (n = 22) in addition to standard medical care.
     
    Participants assigned to receive CBTH met individually with a clinical psychologist, receiving training in hypnosis and CBT. Participants assigned to the SMC control condition did not meet with a study psychologist.

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  4. Killer Weight Loss Combo: EFT Plus Guided Imagery

    Hello all.

    We got a really interesting note from a therapist, offering his personal feedback on using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) first, then guided imagery, to help him with weight loss.

    Here is what he wrote:

    Love your guided imagery work.  But the Weight Loss CD did not stick. I tried listening to it and my internal opposition would have none of "it."  It sat idle on my mp3 player for two years.  I then tried EFT sessions for weight loss and experienced amazing results.  The other day I bumped into your Weight Loss guided imagery and noticed the internal opposition was gone.  I now use it and find it to be a great support tool for the work I am already doing.
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  5. Hilarious Little Girl Boogies Affirmations in Bathroom Mirror

    This video segment is pretty darn cute.  A little girl of maybe 3 or 4, saying affirmations in the bathroom mirror, is pumping herself up into a fair frenzy of positivity.  She likes her sisters! her hair! her pajamas!!! 

    You can see why this has been making the rounds on Youtube.  One can only hope that this high-energy little locomotive tones it down some when she’s hanging with her more reflective, introspective or depressive peers.

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  6. Same Healing Benefits from Hypnosis & Guided Imagery?

    Question:

    I have a question about guided imagery and hypnosis.  I am a counselor, and teach meditation, and am certified in with the National Guild of Hypnotists.  However, I am more interested in meditation than hypnosis as a healing tool for a few different reasons.  My question is: Do you believe one can one get the same healing benefits with GI/guided meditation (or self-hypnosis) as with hypnosis?  The reason I wonder is it may seem that, or most hypnotists believe that one goes into deeper states with hypnosis.  Any information or referrals would be very helpful here.  Thank you!!

    Peter

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  7. How To Start Your Own Blog

    Hi, everyone.

    Hey, I want to urge those of you who’ve been obsessing, procrastinating or gnashing your teeth over creating your own blog, to check out a really helpful and reassuring resource, with lots of specific, practical suggestions to get you started.  Dr. Ruth Buczynski, the psychologist who founded NICABM and who’s gone viral all over the internet and all over the world, has put together a series of videos on how to start your own blog.  It’s geared for clinicians, but, really, the ideas she presents work for just about anyone writing about anything.

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  8. An MP3 Jukebox of Audio Interventions for Advanced Cancer

    Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing in Madison evaluated the feasibility and potential efficacy of a patient-controlled cognitive-behavioral intervention for pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance, during treatment for advanced cancer.  

    This one group pre- and post-test design consisted of 30 adults with advanced (recurrent or metastatic) colorectal, lung, prostate, or gynecologic cancer receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

    Participants completed baseline measures (demographics and symptom inventory) and received education and training to use an MP3 player loaded with 12 cognitive-behavioral strategies (e.g., relaxation exercises, guided imagery, nature sound recordings, etc).

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  9. Guided Imagery For Raynaud’s Syndrome?

    Question:

    My question is for a close friend who has Raynaud’s Syndrome, where blood does not reach body extremities - fingers, toes, and in some cases a general weakening of muscles - including esophagus. [Ed. note: Cold and stress can exacerbate this condition.]

    I was wondering if you had any suggestions in dealing with this with regards to guided imagery ?

    Madeleine

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  10. “I Am Well on My Way to Becoming a Healthy, Joyous, Grateful Woman”

    Dear Belleruth,
    First of all, I want to thank you from the bottom of my broken heart: I am a trauma survivor of some years now, and last year at about this time, I went sick with a 'frozen shoulder' - a quite painful condition, that takes a lot of time to (self) heal - there is no real cure.

    It was the latest of a whole series of illnesses that I had experienced that were, in hindsight, related to my traumas. I read about you in Maggie Phillips book 'Reversing Chronic Pain', then read your book 'Invisible Heroes' and then ordered three CD's two months ago.

     

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