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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. &...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Mar 4, 2013
Question: I've been living with panic/anxiety now since I've been 12-13 years old I feel it's taking over my life I can't do normal things like I did when I was a child. I've tried different medication and nothing works I also was prescribed lorazepam 1mg". Please respond I need help Im tired of my anxiety taking over my life...:( Answer: ...
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...