Anxiety, Panic, Phobias
Posted: November 01, 2021Categories: Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask BelleruthTags: phobia, panic attacks
Hello. My Hypnotherapist referred me to this site. I am planning a trip to Utah and I have an extreme fear of driving across bridges and through high mountain roads, and some of the elevations are around 13,000 ft.
Is there a meditation that would help me with this? I leave December 18TH? Don't want to ruin my husband's holiday vacation!!!
Posted: May 30, 2019Categories: Insomnia, Dementia/Alzheimers, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask Belleruth
My father has suffered from dementia for years. He no longer has clarity in his mind and does not recognize me or my brother. He lives in a special care facility where he gets good care.
The staff recently told me that he was becoming more agitated and sleepless during the night. As a result, he is extremely tired and confused during the day.
Any suggestions as to what kind of tools might help him, or will nothing reach him at this point?
Posted: November 12, 2018Categories: Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD), Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask Belleruth
For many years I have suffered from panic disorder and PTSD, as well as sleepless nights, anxiety and depression. All these conditions get worse with the approaching holiday season.
Posted: March 08, 2016Categories: Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask Belleruth
We got the perfect question from Mario, who wants to know which guided imagery to use for his problems with separation anxiety and attachment, and this gives BR an excuse to launch into her favorite topic of blankies, Teddy Bears & thumbs, and why guided imagery is a child's natural solution for finding autonomy from Mommy.
Hello Belleruth. I have just listened to your interview on Guy McPherson's Trauma Therapist Podcast. Fantastic!
I'm 31 years old and am planning to attend Social Work graduate school next year. I have been working with my own issues of anxious attachment, in therapy and meditation for quite some time.
Posted: February 16, 2016Categories: Chemotherapy, Caregivers, Cancer/Oncology, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask BelleruthTags: cancer
We got this question from a Mom dealing with multiple stresses from all directions. She's a cancer survivor herself, with a disabled adult son who finds changes in routine difficult, and a husband probably facing bone marrow transplantation ....
Do you hve any materials for parents of children with disabilities? My adult son has a severe genetic disorder and his father is in chemo for multiple myeloma. The chemo appears to be working well at this point.
As you can imagine, my son is wonderful, but he cannot understand the implications or be part of a support system. As a bone marrow transplant becomes more and more a reality, I need to reassure him that things will be OK, but different.
My son has a chromosomal disorder. He is verbal, extremely intelligent, does basic math in his head, has an incredible memory and a dry sense of humor. He is the highest producing employee at his sheltered workshop and a joy to be with. Verbalizing feelings is very difficult for him, as are changes in routine.
I myself am a breast cancer survivor in my early 70's.
Posted: January 19, 2016Categories: Kids & Teens, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask Belleruth
I had the pleasure of hearing you lecture at the University of Arizona Integrative Fellowship Program. I practice developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and frequently recommend your CDs to my patients with great results.
I am wondering if you know of any guided imagery CDs that specifically addresses tics/Tourette Syndrome? I know guided imagery can be helpful and I found a self-hypnosis script for tics in the "Harry the Hypnopotamus" series, but it would be great if I could find something on a CD, as the "Harry" books run about $90!
I see so many kids that are bothered by their tics and it seems to me this would be a great topic for guided imagery/self-hypnosis. Thanks in advance!
Posted: November 17, 2015Categories: Healthy Sleep, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask BelleruthTags: sleep & insomnia, fear
This question raises some important issues about the importance of insight in changing patterns, symptoms and behavior.
Hi BellRuth (sic), I believe my insomnia comes from deep rooted fears, so I believe I would have to have a cd that addresses fears/ or lack of. Which CD do you suggest?1 I do not fear leaving the house.
Posted: August 25, 2015Categories: Heart/Blood Pressure, Healthy Sleep, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask Belleruth
We got this question from a woman with a host of worries and concerns, none of which are exactly small potatoes. In spite of all these issues, she's clearly managed to keep her sense of humor intact. Check it out:
I've had two of your tapes for years (depression and pre-surgery). Now I need one for rising blood pressure.
I had a pace-maker/defibrillator installed last year for my exceedingly low heart rate (cardiomyopathy triggered by viral pneumonia years ago), and now my blood pressure's rising with accompanying dreaded drug onslaught.
Seems to get worse as they raise the dosage, which I hate, resist, and fear etc. Other pressures have increased, too = big work project I'm excited to be working on. Plus increasingly wretched relationship with alcoholic son, which I work on with my Alanon 12-step study and sponsor.
Posted: August 21, 2015Categories: Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Inspiring StoriesTags: anxiety relief
Hello, Health Journeys and Belleruth. I'm 52 and I have suffered from horrible panic attacks off and on since I was 16. I never know exactly when they will strike. At my worst times, I would have 2 or 3 a day, where I could barely function. For reasons I won't go into here, I cannot take medication.
My daughter who is a nurse suggested I try guided imagery, so 3 mos ago I uploaded your Panic Attack audio to my phone and started listening to one or two segments of it 3-5 times a day.
I found the voice and music calming. What I liked even more was knowing it was in my phone!!! I could access it any time of day and nobody would know I was "undergoing treatment" for my panic attacks!!!
I had to write you all to let you know that after 3 months, I can go up to a week without an attack. This is like a miracle!!!! I may even get rid of these horrible things altogether. I have hope that I will.
Posted: August 18, 2015Categories: Depression, Dementia/Alzheimers, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Ask BelleruthTags: dementia & alzheimer's
My 86-yr old aunt is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. She lives in a nearby assisted living facility and I, along with two other sisters, are her family caregivers. As the Alzheimer's progresses she is becoming more anxious (Sundowner's Syndrome) and depressed. I have used several of your guided imagery recordings over the years to help me and I was wondering if there is something you could recommend to ease her depression and anxiety. She was a music teacher in the past and yet I can't get her interested in listening to music to help relax her. I am hoping that listening to a human voice at night might bring her some comfort. Is there anything you can recommend?