Panic Attacks & Interpretation: Powerful Hope

The brain is an amazing thing. But as sophisticated as it is, let’s always keep in mind it so often does exactly what we tell it to do. And that brings us power and hope. I’d like to share two concepts I came up with that will bring us help as we strive to knock-out [...]

Panic Attacks, Guilt, and the Personality of Your Superego

Guilt can be absolutely crippling for anyone, but it hits panic attack and anxiety sufferers particularly hard. We’re so darned tough on ourselves, and hold ourselves accountable for so many things that simply aren’t fair or reasonable. And that makes guilt a major obstacle to overcome when it comes to recovery. Well, let’s have a [...]

Kindling: Building an Emotional & Mental Fire

So, as a result of being chronically overworked, these systems become super-sensitive and super-reactive to stress. And as the years go by, any exposure to stress, even in what would seem to be tolerable measures, only serves to agitate and exacerbate this already hypersensitive and exhausted stress response.

My Mother Died Yesterday

Well, then. My mother was a great woman in all ways. Her intelligence, compassion, and grace were truly remarkable. Yes, she was very much the genteel and refined woman her southern parents raised her to be.

Panic Attacks From a Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Perspective

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive therapy. Sometimes people ask me why I spend so much time on what generates panic attacks. My usual response is, beyond my natural curiosity, I simply don’t see how one can manage something if one doesn’t fully understand just what that something is. [...]