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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...
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 moving 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 valu...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 30, 2012
All of my clients begin treatment terrified of their anxiety symptoms.  The first few sessions are jam packed with statements such as, "You are going to think I am crazy if I tell you this..." or "I am so ashamed to admit that I...". I immediately reply, "I can guarantee you that whatever you are about to say, I have heard numerous times before and I will have no judgment about who you are, based...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 27, 2012
QUESTION: My panic attacks really scare me. Could I pass out due to a panic attack?
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 24, 2012
QUESTION:I have been struggling with panic disorder for over 10 years and am beginning to lose hope. I no longer go out and do the things I used to love, for fear that I will have a panic attack. Nothing seems to make the panic go away. What can I do?