Category Archives: Psychotherapy

The Obsessions & Psychoasthenia, Pierre Janet

I’ve gone through the translation any number of times now. This seems to be as good as I can get it. If the reader encounters any goofs or has suggestions for improvements, do please let me know. The link to the .pdf version is: I’m still working on getting it published. However, nobody seems […]

Swine Flu Anxiety

If the economy isn’t enough to give you agita (see my earlier post), then all the press about swine flu might do the trick. Let’s recall the basics of anxiety: something bad, we’re not sure just what but it’s bad, may happen in the future and there’s nothing we can do about it. I discussed […]

Recent Anxiety Research and News

Washington University’s newspaper reports on a study of social phobia among college students. One of its findings is that unstructured discussion of past upsetting events raises the distress level for some people. On the other hand, when the interview was structured, the “subjects’ moods did not worsen.” The NIH is promoting meditation, yoga, tai chi […]

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 […]

Anxiety Treatment Effectiveness

Just a brief post to link you to an article about treating anxious children and teens. The New York Times reports on a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.  They found that a combination of psychotherapy and psychiatric medication led to 80 percent of the children either improving very much or recovering […]


[psychotherapy stress] This is the second entry in the discussion on anxiety and panic. Before we can get to more practical issues, I need to define one more term. And that is: stress. There are hosts of definitions for stress. The way in which I will use stress here is most nearly defined by The […]