A few years ago, Laureen Campana, RN, MPH, NP, then President-Elect of HSACCC (the Health Services Association of the California Community College system), and coordinator of student health at Columbia College, approached me after a session of guided imagery training I’d given at the U of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship program.
Part of my talk showed the research on how guided imagery and meditation were associated with significantly reduced stress, anxiety, depression; and improved sleep, concentration, and performance. Many of the studies were done with college and university students (they’re sitting ducks for investigators, as we all know).
A breakthrough German studyi in 2018 looked at 264 employees suffering from elevated stress levels and randomly assigned them to either a stress management program or a waitlist control group.
The stress management program consisted of 7 sessions of cognitive and mind-body emotional regulation techniques, in keeping with research showing that mindfulness, guided imagery, and meditation are efficacious at improving workplace health, employee well-being, and work performanceii.
I am working with a client who has a musical background and she said that she finds the music (that I love!!) on your Depression CD I loaned to her very irritating!! Do you have any CDs with no background music?
Well, it’s February here in Cleveland, at the base of the Great Lakes, where the sun gets obscured by lake-effect cloud cover. This dreary weather starts in November and can last all the way through March.
So, that means a lot of light-sensitive people end up experiencing mild to moderate depression, quite possibly from the weather alone.
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.
There’s an odd dynamic that happens to us when we’re close to people. We don’t always notice when they’re in serious trouble. Things we’d notice immediately about a perfect stranger don’t register on us with people we love. We just tend to make accommodations and excuses for the troubled or even weird behavior of people we care about.
My wife has tinnitus - etiology unknown – which has been declared untreatable by her internist. (I myself am a doctor).
She is very depressed and upset, feeling at the end of her rope. In fact, she has been feeling so beleaguered by this constant ringing in her ears, she won't go outside the house or even spend time with friends.
I'm out of ideas and wondering if you have any suggestions. I'm very worried about her.
I am looking for a good guided imagery meditation for stress/anxiety/depression. I also have Crohn's and stomach problems. I tried other meditations and seem to do best with guided imagery as opposed to mindfulness. Do you have any recommendations as to what I should try? I'd like to start a daily practice. Thank you, Ray.
I have been experiencing anxiety and panic about my health, catastrophic thinking. I can’t seem to stop ruminating.
I can’t seem to stop ruminating. Your anxiety/panic CD has been helpful. I’m wondering if you could recommend others that would help me get out of the catastrophic, ruminating thinking.
Thanks so much for doing these CD’s, and thank you for your help!
In a pilot study, researchers from Copenhagen University, Denmark, and The Grieg Academy of Music Therapy Research Center in Bergen, Norway, examined the effects of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a specific technique, created by Helen Bonny, that includes relaxation, music listening, and observing the resulting, spontaneous imagery that arises from the music, on bio-psycho-social measures of stress related to long term sick leave...
Twenty Danish workers on sick leave were randomized to either a music therapy intervention or wait-list control. Data collection was carried out at an occupational health ward in the period 2008-2010.