We got this wonderful note from someone who had suffered a lifetime of hyper-vigilant sleeplessness, due to a traumatic childhood, replete with surprise, nighttime attacks by a deranged, liquor-fueled parent. Not everyone experiences a "miracle cure" for their insomnia with guided imagery like this, but you'd be surprised how many times we hear from people who actually do! Here it is:
I wanted to thank you from my heart for your sleep CD. I wrote you a few years ago, mentioning that I was deeply traumatized and under great stress. I was using drugs to make me sleep, and had bizarre sleepwalking issues as a result, and my mood problems seemed to be worsening. There were some psychotic breaks. At that extreme point I began to use your sleep CD.
I stopped ingesting the chemicals as well during this period, using the CD nightly.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence of PTSD symptoms in critical illness survivors. Other goals were to identify risk factors and any successful strategies to prevent or treat the acquisition of PTSD in critical illness survivors.
The search identified 2,817 titles/abstracts, with 40 eligible articles on 36 unique cohorts (n = 4,260 patients).
The Impact of Event Scale was the most common posttraumatic stress disorder instrument.
We got this terrific question about which guided imagery to use, when you can only afford a couple of the CDs, for complex trauma from longstanding childhood abuse and beyond, into adulthood. The good news is, there's a relevant freebie on our Subscribe page that is the perfect meditation to start with... Read on, Dear Reader:
I was looking at your guided imagery CDs and thinking about purchasing one but I have a question first.
Would either of the CDs for healing trauma work for complex ptsd? Trauma endured over a long period of time...in my case in childhood and beyond as opposed to having been in combat as a member of the military.
And if the answer is yes about either CD, which of the two do you think would be more beneficial?
I would also like to get the one for Heartbreak, Abandonment and Betrayal. So for cost purposes in my situation, I was thinking of getting the lesser expensive one for trauma so I could afford to also get the one for Abandonment etc as my trauma entailed much heartbreak abandonment and betrayal.
Input and advice is welcome however.
Okay, folks! Sincere thanks for all the enlightening commentary re the phrase, "Friends with Benefits". It was a great discussion, and taught me (and those of my ilk... Ilk, you know who you are!!) a thing or two about generational differences, in the most unexpected places. I mean, really - who knew??
So, I bow to the majority sentiment. I thank all my co-workers and friends and colleagues who knew better.
And I invite you to keep your eyes peeled this week for the (TA-DAH!)....
Health Journeys Download GO-GO Sale!!
...meaning, of course, the GIVE ONE, GET ONE sale.
As originally discussed, you'll be able to give a Health Journeys guided imagery download, and then get your own (of equal or lesser value), free.
You get rewarded for being a sport. What could be better? So stay tuned.... We should be up and running with this by mid-week.
Take care and be well!
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Ms Naparstek, your guided meditation for depression has helped to improve my mental and physical health, improved my sleep, and eased suffering and struggle with my seasonal depression.
In conjunction with talk therapy, my once or twice daily listening has enabled me to decrease my medication by 20%. I also sleep in longer cycles, and have shortened the depth and length of my cycle of depression.
Repeated use has enabled me to switch your voice and words on in my head, in order to decrease my anxiety when it begins and before it takes over my focus.
Thank you doesn't express my gratitude.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where they love web-based mental health tools, evaluated the effectiveness of a web-based program for preventing GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) symptoms in young adults, and to determine the role of telephone and email reminders.
They conducted a 5-arm randomized controlled trial with 558 internet users from the community, with 6- and 12-month follow-up.
We got this query from a woman who has benefited from guided imagery herself, and wonders if she can use it to help her dog heal, too. She asks if we have guided imagery for pets, or, if she plays a program for humans, should she adjust the sound, or focus on her dog as it plays, or do anything else differently....
We love this question. We get it a lot. We also get lots of wonderful pictures of dogs and cats chilling out to guided imagery, just like the one shown below. Read on, animal lovers!
Mrs. Bellruth (sic),
Thank you very much for your healing audios. I used them myself for some health situations. They are awesome!!!
I have few questions. How can I use guided imagery to heal my pet? Do I play the audio so my Dog can hear it?
Or should I play it for me but thinking on my dog?
Do you have guided imagery for pets?
Again, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
From Mexico City,
Okay, so there I was, getting my all-time, favorite, annual indulgence, which never ceases to amaze and delight – The Winter Pedicure!!! – and I notice a sign on the wall of the salon, announcing a special promotion. It said,
Get your FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS COUPON! Buy a spa treatment for a friend and get one free for yourself!!
So, I says to myself, I says, Wow! What a great idea. We want to expand our subscriber base, get the word out about guided imagery to people who don't yet know what it is, let alone that it's the cheapest, easiest, most user-friendly 'treatment' of them all – we should do something like this with our downloads!!!
Here's a TED talk by psychiatrist Robert Waldringer, the fourth director of a 75 year old Harvard longitudinal Study of Adult Development, begun in the 30's, on what keeps us happy and healthy. (Actually, this is a study of what keeps men happy and healthy, just to pick a bone on who gets studied in most research ... but that's a battle for another day.)
The study looked at the lives of 724 men, from their teens into their 90's. Half were Harvard sophomores and half were from Boston's poorest neighborhoods. Sixty of the original men are still alive, most of them in their nineties.
Researchers from Mackay Memorial Hospital and Medical College in Taipei City, Taiwan, evaluated the impact of guided imagery and relaxation on patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy in this randomized, 2-group, pretest-posttest, quasi-experimental study.
Sixty-five breast cancer patients were enrolled in the study and randomly assigned to the experimental group (n = 32) or to the control group (n = 33). Both groups received chemotherapy self-care education, but the experimental group also received relaxation with guided imagery training.
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!
Well, here in Northeast Ohio, winter is full-on upon us. After weeks and weeks of being spoiled by abnormally mild weather, we're suddenly negotiating ice and snow, frozen shut car doors, icy windshields, a lot of shivering, and a profound reluctance to go out and do things.
And by the Great Lakes, there's also this business of lake effect and consistently gray skies – not exactly the best thing for ebullience.