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VIDEO: A Paradoxical Approach to Panic

The First Session

Reid Wilson

With years of experience treating anxiety-riddled clients, Reid Wilson, author of Don’t Panic, knows a thing or two about helping people rein in the trademark rapid breathing, cold sweats, and stammering that occur during a panic attack. To cut off panic attacks at the source, Reid takes a provocative approach.

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VIDEO: What Therapists Need to Know about the Research on Meds

Helping Clients Recognize their Treatment Options

John Preston

When it comes to treating depression, neuropsychologist John Preston, author of Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple, says that psychoactive medication is only one alternative and often not the most effective. In addition to his integrative approach—which includes exercise, combating social withdrawal, family involvement, and possibly meds—he’s always on the lookout for toxic relationship issues in the client’s life.

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When Emotional Hurt Becomes Chronic Pain

Today’s Video: How to Treat Chronic Pain

Rich Simon

Psychotherapy for chronic pain? It’s not an obvious connection to many who live with persistent aches, pangs, and cramps that defy all the usual medical explanations and interventions. To be fair, it’s not a connection a lot of therapists are making either. Using talk therapy to treat chronic pain is still a developing area of our field, and Maggie Phillips is among those leading the way.

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Using Empathy to Help Kids Self-regulate

How Being Calm and Collected Gets Us Connected

Rich Simon

According to Martha Straus, author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, time-outs don’t really nip misbehavior in the bud. Instead, they often exacerbate anxiety, making kids feel misunderstood and alone. Young kids can’t self-soothe and regulate emotion like adults can, Martha says. That’s why, in these sorts of situations, she says we need to turn to co-regulation, “loaning” our limbic brains and emotional stability to help kids feel attended to and comforted.

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Stop Shooting the Messenger

Today’s Video: The Case for Hearing Anxiety Out

Rich Simon

As far as universal human experiences go, anxiety is usually seen as a heinous beast. Clients hate it and therapists offer ways to get rid of it—but not many take the approach that multisensory therapy expert Danie Beaulieu offers.

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Helping Anxious Parents Help Their Anxious Kids

How to Keep Anxiety from Taking Charge

Rich Simon

It’s important to remember that parents of children in therapy often find their child’s problems just as anxiety-provoking as the child does, says Lynn Lyons, author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. Don’t be afraid to lead with a little humor when dealing with parents, she says, and then follow with your knowledge and advice.

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Winning the Anxiety Game

Today’s Video: How to Change the Rules

Rich Simon

There’s a reason agoraphobic people stay home and acrophobic people stay grounded. No one enjoys the way that panic feels. But the trouble with trying to avoid or get rid of panic altogether is that it can lead to a fear of panicking itself. What panicked clients need from therapy instead, says Reid Wilson, author of Don’t Panic, are skills for engaging with their distress, not new ways to keep avoiding it.

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Antidepressants as the Latest Object of Our Affection

A History of Psychoactive Drugs

Mary Sykes Wylie

Over the last 150 years or so, we’ve seen successive waves of mass infatuations with psychotropic drugs—morphine, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and antidepressants. While all these drugs are different, the story arc they follow—their rise, triumph, ascendancy, and gradual decline or sudden collapse—does follow a roughly predictable course.

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Getting Anxious Families to Loosen Up

Today’s Video: A Homework Assignment for Anxious Kids

Rich Simon

Anxiety is a demanding beast, with a long list of conditions that must be met to keep it at bay. It forces anxious children and their families to banish uncertainty, avoid surprises, cling to safety and security—the list of demands could go on forever. Unfortunately, when anxiety is running the show in a child’s life, the family tends to become more and more inflexible.

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