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05 Jul

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Hello, Belleruth,

My husband has Parkinson's Disease. We have found there is not much by way of support services or wellness programs for him in our area.  He has, however, just started a class for Parkinson patients that will be teaching mindfulness as a tool to improve quality of life for people with PD.

This led me to wondering if you had some guided meditations that you think would be useful for this kind of population.  I would like to recommend a CD of yours for the doctor leading the group, who has many Parkinson patients in his practice, plus two other groups starting.  I have some of your CDs, but nothing that is right for this population. 

Thank you,

Mary M.

28 Jun

We got this question about a son with Asperger’s who gets very agitated from unexpected events or any changes in his routine. Sometimes he becomes so distressed that he hides. This mom wonders if guided imagery can help…. 

Question

I have a son with Asperger's Syndrome. He gets very agitated with changes in his routine and unknown events. Sometimes his anxiety gets so extreme that he hides. I have been reading about the vagus nerve and how deep breathing can help. Do you have a suggestion for a guided meditation for extreme anxiety? 

Pamela

21 Jun

We are often asked this question that Delia asks. Someone in adulthood either starts remembering some long-buried childhood abuse; or has always been aware of it, but for various reasons, only now feels ready to deal with it proactively. Sadly, childhood abuse is far more common than most people would think as any mental health will tell you.

14 Jun

We get this question so often that it doesn’t hurt to answer it again. Rodrigo asks if he has to be awake and listening consciously for his guided imagery to have an impact.

I reply in some detail, but if you’re in a hurry, the short answer is NO. Check it out the longer version!

07 Jun

We got this question from a man who hasn’t been the same since he had emergency surgery on his appendix. He’s been experiencing increasing fearfulness, hypervigilance, panic and insomnia. He is in therapy and listens to relaxation exercises on his phone, but wonders what else he can do to accelerate his healing.

31 May

We got this email just as Father’s Day was approaching. Our hearts go out to this man, whose life is forever changed by an automobile accident that left his daughter in a coma, and his wife in a deep depression. But we do have some suggestions for him.

24 May

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!

17 May

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Hi Belleruth,

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.

10 May

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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.
Pam

03 May

Dear Belleruth,

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,
David