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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 24, 2014
I will never forget the day my battle with panic came to a head. I set up an appointment with a lovely, seemingly well-informed psychologist to attempt to get help with a maddening array of mysterious symptoms I was experiencing. I fearfully described the strange and terrifying sensations that took hold of me, explaining that out of nowhere, I would begin to feel “weird and ou...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 24, 2014
I will never forget the day my battle with panic came to a head. I set up an appointment with a lovely, seemingly well-informed psychologist to attempt to get help with a maddening array of mysterious symptoms I was experiencing. I fearfully described the strange and terrifying sensations that took hold of me, explaining that out of nowhere, I would begin to feel “weird and ou...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on May 22, 2014
If you are feeling anxious about your anxiety, I have some good news for you. There's actually nothing to be afraid of. I have looked under the bed and there is no boogie man. Anxiety is all bark and no bite. It can't hurt you. It is not dangerous. It is simply annoying. Fearing your anxiety and doing everything in your power to not experience it is only "feeding the beast" an...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on May 22, 2014
If you are feeling anxious about your anxiety, I have some good news for you. There's actually nothing to be afraid of. I have looked under the bed and there is no boogie man. Anxiety is all bark and no bite. It can't hurt you. It is not dangerous. It is simply annoying. Fearing your anxiety and doing everything in your power to not experience it is only "feeding the beast" an...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on May 6, 2014
Anxious Parents Raising Anxious Children There is a high likelihood that anxious adults will pass on their anxious chemistry to their children. This is not a death wish for your child. This simply means that some people are more sensitive to danger than others. Therefore, for parents to model facing fears and not letting anxiety boss them around may mean doing some work on...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Feb 25, 2014
When caught in the grips of anxiety, it is nearly impossible to think clearly and rationally, given that your brain is operating in pure survival mode. Therefore, I encourage my clients to come up with a short list of anxiety fighting mantras, that they can quickly access, when in the midst of a panic attack. Here are a few sample, anxiety fighting tips, that my fabulous clients hav...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Feb 22, 2014
Have you recently found yourself contemplating, "Is it time to break up with my therapist"? Here are some signs that it is likely a good idea to take a break from therapy: Before going into session you feel more anxiety about what you're going to talk about than the actual challenges in your life. You begin to come up with a list of p...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 18, 2013
I have been seeing an increasing number of school refusal cases in my clinical practice. I have yet to read any studies which provide empirically based findings as to why this challenging set of behaviors is on the rise but I do have a few (unsubstantiated) theories: Children and adolescents have access to too many enjoyable activities when they stay home. When I was a child, if I were ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 18, 2013
I have a confession to make. I have not been to the gym in many years. As a busy mom of three young children and a clinical psychologist, I have justified my lack of formal workouts by telling myself that I rarely have a moment to sit or eat, so my on-the-go lifestyle is practically like working out. But lately, that weakly-crafted justification was beginning to lose its ability to comfor...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 9, 2013
Clients of state that they have "tried relaxation training" such as deep breathing and it has not worked.I find the timing of when I introduce relaxation training to be critical. When clients first come in and are at a "I can't function until I eradicate anxiety from my life" stage, I often use a lot more education, mindfulness, acceptance, exposure, etc. &nb...