Blog Archive : December 2012

Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 12, 2012
I have noticed a concerning trend in my clinical practice. When I ask parents to develop a list of potential rewards, for their children to earn, for engaging in the hard work of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, and learning to gradually face their fears, I often observe a stumped look. They state something along the lines of, "my child has everything he/she needs and wants ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 12, 2012
What is the difference between “Normal Stress” and an “Anxiety Disorder”? To be alive is to experience “stress“. We are living in an age of rapid communication, endless to dos and limited down time. It is inevitable to experience some moments of feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unsure if we can cope with the pressures placed...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 7, 2012
A panic attack is an alarm, a very loud and powerful alarm, going off in your brain. It sends you the signal, "You are in immediate danger. You must do something right now to either fight,flight or freeze. If you were camping in the woods and awoke to a bear hovering above you, this primitive, and oh so attention grabbing, fight or flight response would be quite welcome. Or if a loved one was t...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 7, 2012
A panic attack is an acute period of intense fear. Panic disorder is characterized by intense fear of panic and preoccupation with having future panic attacks, leading to decreased overall functioning as one alters life in efforts to prevent additional panic attacks. Just about everyone will experience a panic attack at one point or another but only 2 to 3 percent of the population meet criteria ...