Boy oh boy, do I relate to this question. It’s from a new intern in Marriage and Family Therapy, working to complete her full accreditation.
She reports that, seemingly out of nowhere, she began having episodes of anxiety and panic, without any apparent triggers that she can identify. She loves her work.
Fortunately, she responds really well to guided imagery, and hopefully some of the suggestions I make here will resonate with her. I think it’s easy to lose sight of how hard it is to be new at this work, especially if you’re a responsible sort who wants to do right by the people in your care who are suffering. Please read on!
I'm 47 and I thought I was steadily going crazy, as in insane. I found a therapist and came across your book in a prison library by immense good fortune at the same time. I'm doing so much better.
My therapist - who's not a fan of labels, but is working with me on complex PTSD, social anxiety and stress - is helping so much. But I can't seem to stop with the over-eating, bingeing and making myself sick. I'm steadily putting weight on and it's interfering with my recovery.
So my question! What would you recommend for me to listen to? I believe if I gain control of my diet, then I've won my battle to gain control of my life.
What I learned reading Invisible Heroes was life changing.
I have eleven- and fourteen-year-old daughters. The eleven-year-old has been diagnosed with anxiety. My fourteen-year-old is going through friend issues at school and has some anxiety symptoms, but not as severe as my eleven-year-old.
I was wondering if they could both listen to your CD on anxiety or any of your CDs. I ordered some for myself, and I have really enjoyed listening to them. I also got my mom the CD for Parkinson’s, stress relief, pain, and sleep. And though she has never done meditation before, she is really enjoying listening to your CDs.
I am having a persistent problem with hypertension - high systolic numbers. What would you recommend insofar as an appropriate tape, CD or imagery techniques, or perhaps meditation. Your help will be a blessing and very much appreciated. I have a multitude of other problems, but this one could kill me if I don't get it under control.
Again, thanks so much,
Last week, we heard from Sheri who asked "Is there a meditation tape that can successfully be used by someone who just can't meditate? I have tried many different ways to meditate -TM, breathing, visualization - and none of these seems to work for me." She added "Perhaps I don't have the patience. I really don't know what it is. I just know that I would like to be able to meditate, if only for a few minutes. Any suggestions? I would appreciate your input."
Answer: (Continued from last week's Ask Belleruth)
Okay, Sheri. Here are some additional thoughts:
Is there a meditation tape that can successfully be used by someone who just can't meditate? I have tried many different ways to meditate - TM, breathing, visualization - and none of these seems to work for me.
Perhaps I don't have the patience. I really don't know what it is. I just know that I would like to be able to meditate, if only for a few minutes. Any suggestions? I would appreciate your input.
This is such a great question!!! Do you know how many people ask this? I'm glad to have a chance to collect my thoughts for a decent answer.
Okay, so let me opine for a minute here...
We got this question from a savvy health care professional, asking for her friend, whose son was/is in a coma ever since suffering a traumatic motor cycle accident.
We know that many people in comas actually do hear what’s going on in the room – we know this because they’ll recount chapter and verse of what was said, after emerging from their coma state. So, this is a wonderful question to ask. More and more people understand that playing healing audios at this time can be a very good idea.
We got a really good technical question about how to most effectively use Traci Stein’s self-hypnosis audio, Healthy Weight & Body Image during Sleep – with headphones or without. We get this question a lot.
This time, I thought it would be a great opportunity to ask Traci herself, and hear what she has to say on this. Traci was happy to answer, so here she is.
We got this query from a therapist looking for resources for ADHD. He didn't specify the age group he was working with, so we gave him a range of suggestions that covered all the bases. We also reminded him that recent research shows that any steady practice of mindfulness meditation has been found to help with this.
I am a clinical social worker in private practice. My question: do you offer a product that is specific for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).
Ray M, LCSW
Do you have guided imagery for weight loss and/or positive body image? Or can you recommend one?
Yes, absolutely. Best for weight loss, if I do say so myself, is our HJ Weight Loss imagery - it doubled weight loss in a controlled study at Canyon Ranch.