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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Sep 6, 2013
Question for Dr. Debra: I feel like nothing is real and like I'm watching a movie. I really don't know what's wrong. Answer: It sounds like you are experiencing symptoms of depersonalization and derealization. These symptoms often occur under the umbrella diagnosis of panic disorder. If you are etremely distressed by these symptoms, if y...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jun 27, 2013
Many anxiety specialists offer home based assistance for clients who experience severe agoraphobia and therefore have too difficult a time leaving there home to go to a doctor's office. Skype based treatment is also an option to move you past the most severe symptoms of agoraphobia, which may be holding you hostage and keeping you home bound. Do not lose hope! There is always a ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jun 26, 2013
My clients often ask me if they will ever be cured of their anxiety disorders. The short answer to this is No. The longer and more helpful answer is that an anxiety disorder can get smaller and smaller until it is only a shadow of it's former self. And more importantly, one can gain the skills in living life to its fullest, even if that means the uninvited guest of an anxiety disorder may occasi...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on May 24, 2013
Many individuals with panic disorder fear they will pass out from a panic attack, due to feeling dizzy, short of breath and lightheaded. The good news is that it is near impossible to pass out during a panic attack ( with the exception of blood phobias ) because during a panic attack blood pressure is increasing, in order to fuel the fight or flight responses. In contrast, passing out requires ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Apr 24, 2013
Question for Dr. Kissen: I often feel the compulsive need to hurt or injure myself (though I've never done any serious harm) and my emotions tend to surge, either towards anger or despair. And while the panic attacks are not daily, the anxiety I feel. Does this sound like panic disorder? Answer: The desire to self harm when your emotions surge sound ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Apr 21, 2013
Question for Dr. Kissen, Director of the Light on Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago: I feel like nothing is real and I have outbursts of random noise Response: Two of the most psychologically painful symptoms of panic disorder is depersonalization and derealization. This symptoms entail feeling that one is not real and that the world around one is not real. The ori...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Apr 16, 2013
Question: I have seen so many doctors, tried so many different medications, have suffered through so many panic attacks, I am beginning to feel that life will always be this unbearable and that I will never get better. Please help. Response from Dr. Kissen: There are no guarentees that you (or I or anyone else) will have a panic attack free future. But living a richer and richer life and ta...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Apr 7, 2013
Are you currently experiencing an intense period of fear, discomfort or terror? Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms, which appeared to come on “out of the blue”?: -Palpitations or accelerated heart rate -Sweating -Shaking or trembling -Sensations of shortness of breath -Feelings of choking -Chest pain -Feeling di...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Mar 29, 2013
Question:I suffer Panic Attacks regularly and it seems as though they are increasing. Now I am starting to avoid certain public transportation routes, for fear of having an attack--especially the bus routes that I have had them on before-- I fear I am becoming agoraphobic. What should I do? Answer: The key to overcoming agoraphobia is to first obtain effective treatment for pani...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Mar 27, 2013
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 upon us. &...