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What to Do for a Friend Who Injured Another in a Car Accident | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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A concerned friend asks about what to give a friend who was traumatized by a car accident that was her fault, where she injured the other driver.  She is devastated and traumatized and in need of somethingÖ.

I've used your pre-surgery tape when I had cancer surgery and found it wonderful. Thank you so much! A friend of mine just was in a car accident,(her fault) and the other woman got badly injured (though will recover.) My friend is very traumatized; her sister was killed in a car accident 30 years ago. What tapes would you recommend?


Help for an Alcoholic Struggling with Addiction for 25 Years | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Do you have any programs that would help an alcoholic attempting to stop his addiction of 25 years and he is having a difficult time.


Dear JJ,

Thanks for the question.  I'll try to answer, but I need to start with a few questions of my own.  For instance:

  • What, if anything, has he tried in the past?  
  • Has he ever tried AA or any other kind of recovery program or peer support group?  
  • Has he ever been in residential treatment? Been evaluated by a CAC (Certified Alcoholism Counselor)?
  • Of the things he may have tried, has anything ever worked, even for a little while, and if so, what?  
  • Have you ever sought help for yourself for an assist in dealing with this - a program like Al-Anon or personal counseling?
Is She Asking the Wrong Question and Exactly How Scary Is This Husband? | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Dear Belleruth,

I read about getting rid of recurring nightmares on your website. Here is my question:

My husband has been having a repeating nightmare about me being hurt by a robed attacker with a knife. I've been researching what we can do to help him.

This has been going on for four months.  He's becoming aggressive and can't focus on much.  He broke his nose in a drunken stupor last week.  
I've sat on the phone with him for hours, reassuring him that everything is okay, that my angels are looking after the both of us and that Iím fine, but it is taking longer and longer to calm him down.  
I'm clinically depressed most of the time now, and I try to hide it but that upsets him too.  I tell him Iím getting better. 

I feel responsible, and I am. I love him, and I need to find a way to help him.

Please, email if you have anything, proven or not, that I may be able to do in order to help get rid of this recurring nightmare.   


Help for Brain Damage following a Serious Car Accident | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

A woman wants to know what resources might help her friendís son, who suffered brain damage from a severe motor vehicle accident.  

Although in a coma, after 5 surgeries in 10 days. he seems to be recovering. She is also looking for help for the family.  

Here is her email:

Dear Belleruth,

My friend's son was in a severe car accident.  Some brain damage that may or may not heal. Five surgeries in the last 10 days.  But he seems to be recovering and responding well so far, although still in the ICU.

What CDs would you recommend for him to listen to?  He has been in a coma, but I know can still hear some.

And what CDs would you recommend for his mom and sister as they deal with the stress and unknown?

Thank you,  

Dealing with Traumatic Grief after Husband Dies Suddenly and Inexplicably | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Dear Belleruth,

My husband died of a massive heart attack in Iraq at the end of December. We just received the autopsy results last week, after waiting that long....

I tried once to go to a grief support group, but was the only one that showed up (I live in the wilderness)Ö.

I have 3 of your CD's... but have found that my mind wanders so much, that I hesitated to get the Ease Grief one, since I cannot seem to keep my mind on anything for longer than 3 minutes.  

Any suggestions?

Dina H.

Help for Erectile Dysfunction following Prostate Surgery | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2014

A wife writes that her husband is having problems with erectile dysfunction, following his prostate surgery of 13 months ago.  She wonders about help in dealing with sexual frustration, disappointment and fear of this never going away.
She writes:
My husband had surgery for prostate cancer 13 months ago. Although the doctor said the nerves were spared, erections simply don't happen. Do you have anything for erectile dysfunction? Thanks!


Playing Guided Imagery for Tense, New Moms in the Neonatal Unit? | Print |  E-mail
Saturday, 07 June 2014

A doc who heard BR talk about guided imagery at Andy Weilís Nutrition & Health conference in Dallas last month, has a daughter-in-law who works in a neonatal unit of a hospital.  She wonders if it makes sense for her to play guided imagery for tense new moms, trying to breastfeed their preemies in the neonatal unit.  Here is her question:


I appreciated the reminder about guided imagery at the nutrition conference in Dallas. My daughter-in-law works in a hospital neonatal nursery.  New moms are very tense about breast feeding, and when Mom is tense, itís hard to breast feed. Guided imagery seems like it could be a great help.  Any thoughts?

Linda E. Yeatts, MD.

How to Short-Circuit Self-Sabotage | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014

Hello Belleruth,

I have been in college for quite some time. As an adult, I went back to school at a later age. I recently discovered I have PTSD and have been using your guided imagery for that with great success.

However, I have another problem. It seems as I get closer to graduating I get increasingly more self-sabotaging. So, do you have any guided imagery tracks that can help with self-sabotage? I mean preventing it! Thank you.

James D.

She Canít Tolerate Medication Ė What to Do for Anxiety, Panic & Traumatic Stress? | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2014

Hi there, Belleruth!
I heard you speak at a meeting for employees at our place of business, where we participated in a guided imagery session following a violent and tragic incident.

I have been diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety disorder and, quite honestly, have been battling anxiety all my life (which is very frustrating).

My question is this: my doctor suggested I start taking Celexa (an anti-depressant in the medication class called SSRIís, or serotonin reuptake inhibitors) to help treat some of my symptoms, which I did with a lot of reluctance. 

Needless to say, within about 12 hours after taking the medication, I had the absolute worst panic attack I've ever had.  I have heartburn and nausea, dilated pupils, feel edgy and moody.
I absolutely will not take another anti-depressant.
Are there any other solutions to PTSD and anxiety?  Any help or input would be so much appreciated!!!
Thank you!
Donna K.

Mom Asks for Tools to Help Reduce Anger & Impatience with Her ADHD Kid | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 19 May 2014

Ms. Naparstek,
My name is Janie.  My 6-year-old daughter is currently being seen by clinical psychologist.  My daughter has been diagnosed with social anxiety and possible ADHD [attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder].  These things bring out some negative behaviors on a daily basis that can be very stressful for me to experience.  My therapist thought that some of your audio imagery might be very useful to me.
As a full-time mom I am with my daughter most of the time. Therefore the stress can be prolonged on bad days.  I have tried psychotherapy to help cope with feelings of impatience, frustration, and sometimes anger.  The psychotherapy helped up to a point. Then I took up yoga and found it also helped, particularly the attention to breathing techniques.  I love yoga but cannot often attend.
I viewed your CD selections on and was unsure which to begin with.  Basically I am seeking help to cope with the frustration and stress that I experience before they build up into anger, yelling, and so on.  I adore my daughter, and naturally I want to not only restrain myself from getting angry and yelling at her, but also to be a good role model.

To add to my situation, I am peri-menopausal, so my roller-coaster hormones are a complicating factor.  Even on a low-dose contraceptive pill to regulate moods, I find my moods varying, based on where I am in my monthly cycle.  This often makes it more difficult to remain calm in the face of highly negative behaviors when they occur.
Is there a particular CD that you recommend I begin with?

Thank you in advance for your help.  I am ready to dive in.


Janie D.

Procrastinating on the De-Cluttering | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2014

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You have NO IDEA how timely this post (The Joy of Tossing Clutter) is for me!!  I just looked at the HJ site today hoping to find something to help w/ Procrastination because I look around my house...thinking I NEED to clean this junk and paper clutter out!!
Anything already in the HJ library that might help?
Thanks so much for your work!


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