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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Mar 4, 2013
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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Feb 12, 2013
Question: I am worried that encouraging my child to do things that she fears will only make her more scared. I remember when I was young, my parents forced me to do things that scared me and it only made me feel more scared. Answer: It is not encouraging children/or adults to approach feared stimuli that is the problem. What is critical is the manner in which we do it. I...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jan 20, 2013
Have you asked for a referral to see a therapist? There is effective treatment for panic disorder and I am so sorry to hear of your continued suffering. Keep advocating for yourself and demand a referral to a therapist trained in CBT for panic disorder. There are also high quality panic workbooksbutI recommend moving though panic with a well trained therapist, if that is...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jan 3, 2013
Question for Dr. Debra: I am a mother of two young boys. I am also a working mother. How can I help myself reduce the panic that I am experiencing? Answer: The key to moving beyond panic disorder is to break the cycle of fearing fear. 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 m...
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 ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Nov 22, 2012
What is OCD? OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. To determine if you are experiencing OCD like symptoms, feel free to complete this brief OCD assessment tool. There is much freedom and peace to be obtained once you move from perceiving yourself as ineffective, crazy, flawed, etc., to understanding that your OCD is driving the "irrational" behaviors which you nonethel...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Sep 19, 2012
One of the first questions prospective clients often ask me is, "What is CBT for Anxiety?" CBT for anxiety isactive, hands onand emphasizes a problem solving approach to move beyond obstacles. Be prepared to work hard and obtain results. In contrast to traditional talk therapy, you will find less emphasis on the past and more attention placed on what is blocking valued...