Simple solutions for depression

Tag: , , , ,     Datum:  May 29, 2015


The depression of Joris His mother sat in my waiting room while Joris told his story. Joris was 15 at the time. School had not been going well for several months. He could no longer focus. He was worrying all day or was absentminded. Joris no longer saw the use of anything. Joris was unmistakably depressed. I listened to his story, asked what he did in school and what he was doing. After half an hour of listening I heard a small spark. Something in his voice let me know that this was important... Read more...

Assertively setting boundaries

Tag:     Datum:  May 29, 2015


In my practice as a doctor and stress counselor, I often work with people with psychosomatic complaints such as headache, migraine, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome, back aches, or even epilepsy. While doing so, an interesting phenomenon caught my eye. After the patient had taken a large step into the right direction, I would almost always hear the following during our next meeting, and then often in the last minute of the conversation: 'Doctor, there was something which I wanted to tell you.' 'Yes?',... Read more...

Chronic fatigue: Life-sentence or solvable?

Tag:     Datum:  April 20, 2015


There she sat. Tired, exhausted, empty, with no home. her husband took her to my practise by car because she could not walk the 200 meters from the tram stop to me. Even that was too much. Marianne was an administrative employee in a multinational, until she suddenly 'broke' on her 37th. Then the long path of 10 years of invalidity started, because her body was exhausted and could not do anything anymore. That is what it seemed like. It could be seen in her empty, fatigued look. Her voice sounded... Read more...

I want to leave something behind which outlives me (Article in Psyche & Brain)

Tag:     Datum:  April 19, 2015


Article in the monthly magazine "Psyche & Brain" (April 2012) How does someone come up with the daring idea to offer online therapy? We asked this question to the initiator Paul Koeck, MD, who turned out to be a man with a plan. What gave you the idea to start with online self-help? Koeck: In the end, it all goes back to some dreams I had in my early years. Around my fifteenth I became fascinated with the question of how people change. This was a case of personal interest in how people are put together,... Read more...

Self-confidence. The key to success?

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Self-confidence is the absolute first choice people make when they start working on the program. About a quarter of all participants want to build up their self-confidence, and this is logical. Psychologists have known for a long time that self-confidence is the key to success of any good therapy. A good program will therefore make sure that one re-gains their self-confidence to find their own solutions to any problem. Whether one is considering a program to treat a major depression, an alcohol... Read more...

Free from addiction through new habits

Tag:     Datum:  April 18, 2015


The word 'addiction' is poorly chosen, as it suggests that addiction is an 'illness'. This mistake is made because we describe a process or certain behaviors and choices with a noun. Language-wise we thus make a mistake, because this way we make a dynamic process into a static and unchangeable given. What are the results of this wrongful choice of word? In diverse branches of medicine, we handle the same strategy. For example, we refer to the process of the breaking of a bone with 'fracture' or 'bone... Read more...

Love lessons by Albert Ellis

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I met the cognitive behavioral therapist Albert Ellis for the first time in 1993, 20 years ago now. The man impressed me with his overwhelmingly to-the-point therapy style. In his practice in New York, he met with a patients every 20 minutes and, yes, he was extremely efficient and therapeutic. When you attended one of his sessions, you first would think that he is just scolding the patient, but that is not true. Ellis was very empathetic. He unmasked the irrational thoughts of his patients in a humoristic... Read more...

How epicurus can cure chronic patients

Tag:     Datum:  April 16, 2015


PsychiatristLucIsebaert is the former head of department of theSintJans hospital in Brugge.Isebaert has not yet published his ideas about the treatment of chronic cases in psychiatry. For the first time, he speaks to a broad public about this. The self-help program 15Minutes4Me has been online for 3 years by now, so it is time to refine the algorithm and to deepen it in the form of an upgrade to version 2.0. As we find more chronic patients among our users than expected, I took the airplane to Spain... Read more...

Can hypnosis genetically manipulate us?

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Femke entered my practice after a two-hour traffic jam between Utrecht and Antwerp. She was tired and hopeless. As a doctor I am used to a lot, but this time I really found it difficult to look my client in the eyes. Her skin was consumed by eczema, including her entire face, and I believed her when she said that there was not a single square millimeter on her body with normal skin. This burden was something she had carried for over a decade. It started after her spouse passed away in a car-accident.... Read more...

Develop your charisma in 30 days

Tag: ,     Datum:  April 15, 2015


Why do Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair work toward their goals with a confident stride and clear mind? Charismatic leaders radiate energy. That is why they become more attractive and they can motivate people for the oddest goals (most often without extra payment). Do you also want to gain extra charisma? This step-by-step plan will help you on your way. Susanne Donner in her article says that charisma is an interactive process, not just a characteristics. Charisma needs to be 'fed' with... Read more...