Monthly Archives: January 2009

Reasons to Stop Worrying

The New York Times’ article Dementia More Likely in Some Isolated and Inactive Seniors, Study Finds provides good reasons to get treatment for anxiety and to be active. “Past studies consistently have shown that worriers -who get stressed easily and are prone to anxiety and depression – are more likely to develop dementia later in […]

Standardized Tests For Anxiety

This post is a quick link to information from, a well regarded British newspaper. They provide the questions and rating scales for the Hamilton Anxiety Scale, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Beck Anxiety Inventory and the Penn State Worry Questionnaire. These rating scales are widely used in the profession. You can view them at […]

Anxiety, Self-Esteem and Self-Soothing

If you have been following these posts, perhaps you will recall one entitled “The Experience of Anxiety and Panic.” In that essay, I briefly noted some of the thoughts people with anxiety disorders sometimes have about themselves. The self-attributions or labels that they attach to themselves relevant to today’s discussion include: •embarrassment •shame •guilt •a […]

Follow-up on PTSD and The Pentagon

I’d like to subtitle this post “Waiting for Martians,” for reasons that I hope will become clear as we go along. The Army Times yesterday posted an article about the Pentagon’s decision to withhold the Purple Heart from soldiers who are inflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The article notes that about 20% of the soldiers […]

Of PTSD, Purple Hearts and the Pentagon’s Shame

It seems clear that one of the goals of warfare is to render your opponent’s warriors incapable of fighting. If that’s not one of the goals, then why would you try to kill their soldiers? Therefore, inflicting enough psychological damage to keep them off the battlefield would logically seem to be a weapon of choice. […]