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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  1. Helping Offenders in Prison with Guided Imagery

    This comment from a clinician working with offenders in prison showed up on the customer review section of our Healing Trauma page.  

    It actually doesn’t surprise us that guided imagery is well received in prisons and penitentiaries, and we’ve heard this again and again.  After all, how else are prisoners – most of whom, as the therapist says, suffer from posttraumatic stress -  going to “get out of jail free” if not through the power of their imagination? 

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  2. Ericksonian Hypnosis Helps Ease Severe Tinnitus

    Researchers from the Bakirköy Education and Training Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey,evaluated the efficacy of Ericksonian hypnosis  n reducing the impact of tinnitus on patients' quality of life.

    They designed a controlled prospective longitudinal study where the severity of tinnitus was assessed with the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) before hypnotherapy and then 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months after therapy.

    Health Survey SF-36 was used to assess health-related quality of life before and after hypnotherapy.

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  3. Suffering Panic and Obsessive Worry after a Miscarriage

    Question:

    I am suffering from acute panic and anxiety after a miscarriage. Thoughts of something happening to me or my loved ones always prevailed.  After medications they got better but since I have stopped the medications I feel vulnerable again. Are there any guided imagery audios for this kind of condition?

    Patricia

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  4. This Calls for a Rant

    Hello again.  

    Well, someone just sent me this article about objections at the American Psychiatric Association meeting to removing the demoralizing and disabling “D” in the diagnosis known as PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and changing it to an “I” – Posttraumatic Stress Injury . The naysaying came from key players on the DSM-V  committee (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, due for updating for the first time since 2000).

    The call for a change came from a Four Star General (now retired) named Peter Chiarelli, recently of the Pentagon.  The bureaucratic stonewalling came from Psychiatry.  Go figure.  How’s that for a reversal of stereotyped expectations?

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  5. Creating Your Own Guided Imagery

    Geoffrey T. Ayers wrote us this upbeat note:  

    Faced with a cardiac catheterization, I was both frightened and apprehensive, but overcame both.

    For 5 days before the procedure, using a picture of a "text book" heart, I used guided imagery to envision my own cardiac arteries as perfectly formed, totally symmetrical and without any fault or blockages.  In doing so, I was able to contain my anxiety.

    While undergoing the procedure, I was able to see the screen, and to me it looked very much like what I had imaged, but then I heard the doctor tell the other doctor to "Look at this".

    There was a remark, "That looks like it was drawn".  

    "Yes, almost textbook symmetry"..

    Later the doctor told me my cardiac arteries are "seemingly perfect". I feel very strongly about the powers of guided imagery, having used it for the past 15 years to manage spinal pain after a spinal injury.

    Sincerely,
    Geoffrey T. Ayers

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  6. When Are the Best Times to Meditate?

    Question:

    Belleruth,

    First, I have to say I don't know where I'd be without your Panic Attacks CD - LOVE IT.   I have 3 quick questions for you..

    1. Should I not meditate before/after I eat? I try to leave an hour in between the two.

    2. I've read meditating twice a day is best, is there a certain length of time for each session that's best as well?

    3. Have you ever heard of gagging as a symptom of stress/anxiety? (literally gagging, not just a choking feeling.. I've had this problem since January '11.)

    Thank you so much,

    Cora Lee

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  7. Hypnotherapy Alone Safely Reduces Weight in Brit Review of CAM Therapies

    Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK  conducted a systematic review of complementary therapies for reducing body weight.  

    Literature was searched up through 2005 on Medline, Embase, Amed, and the Cochrane Library, along with hand-searches of relevant medical journals and bibliographies of identified articles. Data from RCTs and systematic reviews, which based their findings on the results of RCTs, were also included.

    Six systematic reviews and 25 additional RCTs met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. The evidence gathered related to acupuncture, acupressure, dietary supplements, homeopathy and hypnotherapy.

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  8. A Free Webinar on Overcoming Treatment Barriers

    Hello, everyone.

    Before I forget, I should mention the free webinar coming up this Wednesday evening – part of NICABM’s new series on the Treatment of Trauma.

    Ruth Buczynksi will be interviewing me on why guided imagery is so effective for remediating the symptoms of posttraumatic stress, and what I’ve learned (mostly the hard way) about dumb things we therapists do when working with already skittish service members and veterans – mostly because of our naivete about the incongruities between civilian and military culture (norms, language, even humor to some extent)… most of which can be fixed with a little time, care, information and thought. The video is free if you watch it at the time of the broadcast.

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  9. Mystery Solved: Why Confidence Imagery Lowers Food Craving

    Question:

    Hello Ms. Naparstek.  First, thank you for sharing your wonderful imagery CDs with us. I am enjoying them very much. :)

    I bought Self Confidence and Weight Loss , but I have only been listening to Self Confidence so far.  I read in your Archives that you suggest people start with one CD so I reluctantly picked Self- Confidence and have been waiting to start the other. :)

    I've been listening for about a week now, not a very long time, I would think. But what makes me very happy is that I've noticed it is easier for me to turn down excess food. So I was curious - do people tend to have other positive side effects when listening to the CDs? Or is the food thing somehow related to Self-Confidence then?  Hey - anything that keeps me out of the lasagna is a GOOD thing! lol :)

    Thank you very much again. Wishing you all good things and continued success. :)

    Anna

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  10. Huge Study Reveals the Secret of Keeping Lost Weight Off

    In the past, studies of weight-control diets that are high in protein or low in glycemic index have reached varied conclusions, probably owing to the fact that the studies had insufficient power.

    Because of this, a team of researchers enrolled overweight adults from eight European countries who had lost at least 8% of their initial body weight with a low-calorie diet. Participants were randomly assigned, in a two-by-two factorial design, to one of five diets to prevent weight regain over a 26-week period. These were: a low-protein and low-glycemic-index diet, a low-protein and high-glycemic-index diet; a high-protein and low-glycemic-index diet; a high-protein and high-glycemic-index diet; or a control diet.

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