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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Feb 12, 2018
Anunderappreciatedtool for successful living is “The Art of Disengagement.” There is much literature around engagement and holding one’s ground, but disengagement often gets the short end of the stick. It takes much skill, mental training and control to disengage. When your brain is sending you a signal “this is very critical to survival&...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Feb 10, 2018
When your brain begins to ruminate about how you’re not going to be able to fall asleep instead listen to the podcast below: http://www.sleepwithmepodcast.com/ In addition we recommend you begin the mindfulness training program through Headspace. This will help you learn to disengage from your “I’m not gonna be able to get sleep” catastrophic th...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 13, 2017
10 Tips to Move Your Child From Fear & Anxiety to Bravery 1. Validate your child’s emotional pain and discomfort. It may seem like your child is freaking out about "nothing" when, for example, they enter full tantrum mode to avoid being dropped off at a birthday party but to your child this is a tremendous deal. Think how bad it has felt in your o...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 10, 2017
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is quite common, with estimates ranging from between 6 to 13% of the population experiencing some form of SAD. Light therapy is one of the most effective treatments we know of for seasonal affective disorder. Although research on light therapy for seasonal affective disorder is limited, it is hypothesized that light therapy positiv...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Nov 21, 2017
3 simple tips to minimize holiday stress: 1. Allow values vs "shoulds" to guide your behaviors. Show up for events and tasks that are important to you, not because they are expections others or you have put upon yourself. 2. Slow down. Life is short and by scurrying around to complete checklist tasks, you are simply a mouse in a wheel. Instead be mindful...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Nov 21, 2017
Question: Hi Dr. Debra, I came across your website as I was looking for information on mindfulness. Thank you very much for the wonderful site and information. I just a quick question for you regarding mindfulness and how it pertains to OCD. I have OCD myself and started using the Headspace app awhile ago. Everything was going really great and I was noticing some results i...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Sep 19, 2017
Debra Kissen, Ph.D, M.H.S.A Michelle Lozano, AMFT There is no right way to handle trauma. Each individual moves at their own speed and has their own readiness to confront pain and suffering. Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the process of healing from trauma. The human condition is simply hard and comes jam-packed with suffering. The good news is that the inten...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 10, 2017
What is excoriation disorder? Excoriation disorderis abody-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB)where someone recurrently picks at their own skin. It could bepicking at healthy or unhealthy skin, scabs, lesions,pimples,or other blemishes. Most people who suffer from this disorder pick at the face, arms, and hands. Some people use tools to poke, s...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on May 17, 2017
Few things in life are more depressing or anxiety provoking than looking for employment. At the same time, untreated depression and anxiety can lead the job search process to a complete stand still. So how is one to break this viscous cycle of depression, anxiety and job search related activities? The job search process is by definition stressful. But stress need not lead to depr...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Mar 20, 2017
HowtoTake the Power Back fromIntrusive ThoughtOCD Step 1:See through OCD’s scare tactics. OCD is the fear network of the brain sending a signal that something is wrong andneeds to be done about itIMMEDIATELY.OCD onlyreportsonfeared consequencesthatare important to aperso...