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23 Jan

We found this comment about using guided imagery for panic and anxiety on Amazon, and we’re posting it here, because it’s not just a ‘testimonial’; this writer offers encouragement to stick with the process, even when you don’t feel like it, and about how you can use these techniques in public without being obvious.  

“During a time of great turmoil, including radiation therapy, loss of job stress, etc., with a history of anxiety and panic attacks, including medications tried, this (imagery for panic) has literally saved me.

“You have to keep working at it- try listening to parts of it at least two to three times a day, until you can do the techniques on your own when you’re experiencing anxiety or panic.

16 Jan



What is a good imagery for me to listen to in order to give me more confidence in my relationship? I am divorced and getting ready to remarry and am having doubts about how this marriage can last. It is a fear because my first marriage was so horrible. This man is completely different, treats me so much better, but I can't help but feel I am sabotaging it. Help.

Thank you!


09 Jan


Hi Bellaruth,
I was married to the military for over 20 yrs and have some first hand knowledge of the severe trauma suffered by so many (too many) of our brave and dedicated service people. I also know what their families go thru. I have deep gratitude for all our military and their families. I am also very grateful to you for doing so much for the military and for continuing to push the govt toward better healing methods.

Are there guided imagery programs for spouses, children & other family members of active duty &/or retired who suffer the affects of war, like PTSD?  Kids get scared & spouses expend inordinate amounts of time and energy trying to help & deal with the affected service member, so that it can and does create, among other things, high anxiety and even PTSD in the non-military family member(s).

It can also inhibit the spouse from taking care of themselves. I know, because I'm one. I never got to experience my own reactions to 9/11 because it affected my spouse so severely (PTSD & survivors' guilt). I didn't have time because I was so busy dealing w/his reactions.

One of my children grew up always fearing for her father's safety and unfortunately, there was nothing like your guided imagery to help her. I suspect this happens more than anyone realizes. I'm currently using your PTSD guided imagery & just downloaded your new Heartbreak meditation.

Besides those two, what would you recommend for spouses and the children?

Again, thank you for ALL you do.


09 Jan

Once again the dynamic duo research team of Apostolo and Kolcaba, at the Coimbra Nursing School in Coimbra, Portugal, examined the efficacy of a guided imagery intervention - this time for decreasing depression, anxiety and stress and increasing comfort in psychiatric inpatients with depressive disorders.

A quasi-experimental design sampled 60 short-term hospitalized depressive patients, selected consecutively. The experimental group listened to a guided imagery compact disk.
The Psychiatric Inpatients Comfort Scale and the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scales (DASS-21) were self-administered at two time points: prior to the intervention and 10 days later.  Comfort and DASS-21 were also assessed in the usual care group at these points in time.

06 Dec

We found this posted on a website for health professionals called Clinical Advisor  - it’s by Angela Lambing MSN, NP, who describes how a social worker successfully used guided imagery with a patient to allay her terror of a needle biopsy procedure.
She writes: 

“As always, prior to a diagnostic bone marrow biopsy, I provide informed consent including the reasons for the procedure as well as the risks. This particular patient was anxious, but I was not fully aware just how anxious. After prepping the area, I provided adequate local anesthesia.  I checked with the patient and tested the area to ensure that the area was indeed anesthetized locally.

“When I inserted the needle, the patient screamed to the heavens! Even our social worker heard it 100 yards away. Needless to say, I was shocked by her response.

06 Dec

Researchers in nursing from the University of Toronto investigated whether relaxation through guided imagery could reduce blood pressure in hypertensive pregnant women, as it does in non-pregnant women, with this feasibility study.

A total of 69 pregnant women with hypertension were randomized to either a guided imagery intervention or quiet rest, twice daily for 4 weeks or until delivery, whichever came first.  Daytime ambulatory mean arterial pressure, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and anxiety were measured weekly (for up to four weeks).

15 Nov

Researchers from St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia, measured the efficacy of an internet-based, clinician-assisted, cognitive behavioral treatment program (The Panic Program) for panic disorder (with agoraphobia) as compared to waitlist controls…

Fifty-nine individuals suffering from panic disorder with agoraphobia were randomly assigned to a treatment group or to a waitlist control group. Treatment group participants completed the Panic program, comprising of six on-line lessons, weekly homework assignments, weekly email contact from a psychiatry registrar, and contributed to a moderated online discussion forum with other participants.

06 Sep


You have NO IDEA how timely this post (The Joy of Tossing Clutter) is for me!!  I just looked at the HJ site today hoping to find something to help w/ Procrastination because I look around my house...thinking I NEED to clean this junk and paper clutter out!!   

Anything already in the HJ library that might help?  

Thanks so much for your work, you've blessed my life over and over!


01 Sep

Canadian researchers from the University of Québec in Montréal looked at whether a combined treatment with mostly virtual reality-based (in virtuo) exposure increases phobic children's motivation toward therapy, as compared to children who only receive in vivo exposure. Another objective was to assess their motivation as a predictor of treatment outcome.

Thirty-one arachnophobic participants, aged from 8 to 15 years, were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 treatment conditions: in vivo exposure (graduated, real-life exposure to actual tarantulas) alone or in virtuo (virtual reality first) plus in vivo exposure.

30 Aug

This article doesn’t present research findings, but describes a kind of web-based self-help that has flourished in Australia for some time now, born of necessity, since so many citizens live far from urban centers where most of the “live” mental health services are.
As a result, the Centre for Mental Health Research at Australian National University, in Canberra has developed an e-hub group that delivers automated web interventions (BluePages, MoodGYM, E-Couch and an online bulletin board BlueBoard ) to the public for mental health self-help.