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For many people, anxiety can be a continuous background rhythm to our everyday lives. Sometimes the drumbeat takes center stage and we are driven by these feelings and become dominated by an anxiety state of mind. We may begin to experience physical feelings (butterflies, sweating, GI symptoms) and/or anxious thoughts, feelings and perceptions that cause us to believe that we are on the verge of catastrophe and shape the way we see and influence our world.  Our culture is filled with stress, so that even if you are not an “anxious person”, you are internally responding to stress and it can take a toll on your health and mental functioning.  It is therefore very important to begin learning ways to manage stress and to treat anxiety. This is the beginning of a conversation about it.

On January 28, 2014, I was a guest on Jordyn Goodman’s “Empowered” LA talk radio show. The link to her page is, Empowered.  We focused on how anxiety manifests itself in young woman in particular, and talked about how to understand, manage and treat it. Psychotherapy, hypnosis, meditation, and self-care are all discussed as ways of managing anxious feelings.  Here is a clip from her show that features my discussion. (To hear the rest of her show, or to hear other interesting topics, please go to Empowered.)

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Facing the Anxiety of Cancer

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Facing the Anxiety of Cancer

It is no surprise that a diagnosis of cancer brings with it quite a bit of fearfulness and anxiety. You are now facing a great threat to your whole experience of yourself and the world, as well as a threat to your survival. You may experience a new existence of uncertainties and insecurities. In facing the anxiety of cancer, it is important to know that this is a very typical feeling, and that however unpleasant it is, it helps to accept that you are anxious. When we panic about our anxiety, we create more anxiety, and this fearfulness becomes self-perpetuating. Once you accept that you are anxious, and see it only as a state of mind, one of many possible states of mind, you can allow it to manifest itself and be dealt with. One way of gaining control over your anxiety is to gain more control over your life. One of the many facets of a cancer

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Altered States, Part 1

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Altered States, Part 1

Hypnosis is an altered state, a deep sense of relaxation, engendered in the context of feelings of safety and security created in the hypnosis experience between patient and therapist. Unconscious states of mind become receptive to dialogue and influence. During this process, those critical and fearful voices that tell us that we can’t change or that we will fail are relaxed, and we are more open to new possibilities and trust in the wisdom of the unconscious. As we know, the mind, brain and body are so interconnected as to be one entity. During hypnosis, the illusory delineation between these functions is erased and there is a seamless interpenetration and influence between them. Thus, hypnotic suggestions spoken to the mind, brain and body, create changes in the nervous system. Anxiety is particularly responsive to hypnosis treatment,

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