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Dear BR,

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?

Greetings, everyone.

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. 

Hello,

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.

 Hello,

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!

Rebecca

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.

A woman coping with a trifecta of challenges: postpartum depression, possible grief, and posttraumatic stress suffered during pregnancy, childbirth and after, wonders if there are any resources that can make a dent on these complex challenges.

Here’s her question:

Hello, I'm suffering from postpartum depression and ptsd from several traumatic events I suffered in pregnancy childbirth and after. I was wondering if there are any tips or guided imagery that will help me best.

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Nursing conducted a systematic review of studies using telehealth interventions that focused on well-being outcomes for family caregivers.

The initial search for studies produced 65 articles that met the inclusion criteria. The articles included 52 experimental studies, 11 evaluation studies, one case study and one secondary analysis.

Thirty-three articles focused on family caregivers of adult and older patients, while 32 articles focused on parental caregivers of pediatric patients.

German researchers from University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and University Hospital Freiburg examined the feasibility of patients with psychosis benefiting from a self-help program of mindfulness therapy.

Ninety patients with psychosis were randomly assigned to either a mindfulness group or a Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) control group. They received their respective self-help manuals, including accompanying audio files.

Changes in symptoms were measured at baseline and six weeks later, with self-rating scales, including the Paranoia Checklist.

Researchers from the University of Twente in The Netherlands compared the effectiveness of a guided web-based intervention for depression, based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with an active control condition (expressive writing) and a waiting-list control condition,

Adults with depressive symptoms from the general population were randomized to the three conditions: ACT (n = 82), expressive writing (n = 67) or waiting-list control (n = 87). The main outcome assessed was reduction in depressive symptoms, as measured by the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale.