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Monthly Archives: October 2010

  1. Scott Simon in Praise of Adoption (Tearjerker Alert)

    Scott Simon, the 55 year old NPR reporter who hosts Weekend Edition, gets interviewed about his adoption, 5 years apart, of two little girls from China.  Get out your hankies, people, and watch this

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  2. Virtual Reality for Stroke Patients

    Researchers from McGill University in Montreal analyzed research data on the effectiveness of Virtual Reality for retraining motor function of the upper limbs in stroke patients. They posed two questions to examine:  (1) Is the use of immersive VR more effective than conventional therapy or no therapy in the rehabilitation of the UL in patients with hemiplegia? and (2) Is the use of nonimmersive VR more effective than conventional therapy or no therapy in the rehabilitation of the UL in patients with hemiplegia?

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  3. Leave Well Enough Alone or Mix Things Up a Bit?

    A survivor of childhood trauma who had suffered from insomnia, but who has been sleeping well for years now, first from years of listening to the Healthful Sleep  imagery, and then from a year of using the Healing Trauma imagery, asks a question we hear frequently:

    My question is this: Should I mix things up a bit and listen to something else for a while? I am of the ilk that says "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Yet, I wonder if there is any wisdom in listening to something different from time to time. You know, it is recommended that one change shampoos for a month to get the best results and the same for deodorant. I'm sure there are other examples. I think I'm afraid that I am going to somehow become immune to the PTSD CD and that scares me. What would you recommend? (Probably the anxiety and panic one now that I've revealed my fear!)


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  4. Heartbreak CD in Production

    Hello again.  Well, finally, our oft-requested new audio for Heartbreak, Abandonment & Betrayal is “in the can” as they say (this means it’s recorded - a leftover from the analog days, when they put a finished reel in an actual can), and being edited and cleaned up by Bruce Gigax, our heroically patient, sound engineer.  Bruce can digitally excise pops, clicks, gurgles and unseemly mutterings like no other, not to mention his extraordinary abilities with pacing and mixing.  We’re in pretty good company - he also records the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall each week; but he recently told me that of all the work he does, he’s proudest of his association with Health Journeys, because of the help it gives people.  It warmed the cockles of my heart to hear that, wherever those are.

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  5. Sleeping Like A Rock!

    A woman who survived early childhood trauma writes about being able to sleep again.  Here is what she emailed us:

    “Belleruth - You are an important part of my life. I go to sleep to your voice each night! Really, I do. Your guided imagery has helped me move through troubled waters often as I have worked intensely with a therapist to heal from years of trauma beginning in early childhood. I began listening to Healthful Sleep several years ago as I struggled with persistent insomnia. It was wonderful! I was able to sleep. I was able to go to sleep and I was able to sleep without intrusive memories and flashbacks most nights.

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  6. Autogenic Training Reduces Irritable Bowel Symptoms

    In this small pilot study, researchers from the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan looked at the impact of Autogenic Training (AT) on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

    Twenty-one patients with IBS were randomly assigned to AT (n = 11, 5 male, 6 female) or a control condition (n = 10, 5 male, 5 female). AT patients were trained intensively, while the control therapy participated in discussions about eating habits and general lifestyle.

    All patients answered a question measuring adequate relief (AR) of IBS symptoms and four questionnaires: Self-induced IBS Questionnaire (SIBSQ), Self-reported Depression Scale (SDS), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and Medical Outcome Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36).

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  7. Imagery for Breastfeeding

    Dear Belleruth,
    Have you ever considered creating guided imagery to support new moms with breastfeeding? I have used guided imagery for different circumstances and have always found it very helpful. As a new mom committed to breastfeeding my daughter, I would welcome any guided imagery in support of breastfeeding.
    Linda O’D.

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  8. Does Your Kid Have OCD?

    I was really impressed by a Mom who wrote very straightforwardly on her blog about her 5 year old daughter’s constant hand-washing.  She describes how she came to realize that her kid had obsessive-compulsive disorder, and she writes about it without a trace of drama, self-pity or embarrassment, offering some excellent suggestions for resources. This is a more commonplace problem that you might think, which is why I’m mentioning it - if you have some concerns about this with your child, you may want to read more over at Cookies, Crayons, Classes & Chaos.

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  9. Survivor Asks Professionals to Stop Seeing PTSD as Incurable

    A survivor of decades of debilitating posttraumatic stress wrote this letter to selected military and volunteer mental health professionals, and copied us.  She is reacting to an AP article by Sharon Cohen, published on April 12, 2010, [Revolving door of multiple tours linked to PTSD], which describes PTS as something you just have to learn to live with, because the symptoms just don’t go away.  She refutes this, explaining,

    “I am determined to keep speaking up until my time is up!  If just one person reads this and thinks,,,,just maybe this could be true for me,,,,,,,then it's worth it...” 

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  10. Mindfulness Training Protects Working Memory in Stressed Reservists

    Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, investigated the impact of mindfulness training (MT) on working memory capacity (WMC) and affective experience of reservists during their high-stress, pre-deployment phase.  They hypothesized that MT may bolster working memory and mitigate the deleterious effects of high stress.  (Working memory capacity is used in managing cognitive demands and regulating emotions.  High levels of stress may deplete it, leading to cognitive failures and emotional disturbances.)

    The study recruited 2 military cohorts during the high-stress pre-deployment interval, and provided MT to 1 group (MT, n = 31) but not the other group (military control group, MC, n = 17). Additionally, the study used another control group of civilians (n = 12) for comparison.

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