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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Feb 9, 2015
My favorite clients to work with are individualsstruggling withharm-relatedobsessive- compulsive disorder(OCD). Without exception,every client I have seen who has soughttreatment forthishas beenconscientious,kind and loving.These arepeopleI would trustas babysitters,teachersandcaretak...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Sep 4, 2014
A dear friend of mine wrote the beautiful poem below about her journey through anxiety. I hope you find it as healing as I do. Freedom from anxiety soaring through clouds Freedom to love fully, overflowing with its touch Release true energy vibrating all around Sending gifts and rays of love, shining soulfully to each we are bound Shimmering rays of beautiful light...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 17, 2014
It is once again that dreaded time of year... no it is not tax season...it is back to school season. It is time to put away the out door furniture, put the beach chairs in storage and get organized for the upcoming school year. Of course summer, like all good things, must come to an end. And this is not necessarily a bad thing. Our kids need to get down to business and foc...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 2, 2014
When struggling with trichotillomania, it is helpful to create a "Trichotillomania Survival Kit". Find diffferent objects that are satisfying for your hands. What is most important about these objects is that if you are holding on to them, it is physically impossible to pull out your hair ( or pick your skin). This is called a "competing response" to hair p...
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...