Are panic attacks an anxiety disorder or a form of stress?

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How do I know I am having a panic attack? Panic attacks are moments of intense fear or an unpleasant feeling which comes on very suddenly, combined with several of the following symptoms or signs: heart palpitations or a faster than normal heartbeat, trembling or shaking, an uncomfortable feeling or ache in the chest area stomach issues or nausea dizziness, a feeling of light-headedness or fainting fear of losing control or going mad fear of dying numb tingling sensations,... Read more...

Less stress through fifteen minutes of daily solution focused self-help for one month!

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Stress? Anxiety? Depression? Burnout? Hyperventilation? Addiction? Good news for doctors and healthcare providers: Less stress through fifteen minutes of solution focused self-help during one month! These are the results published by the Artsenkrant in September regarding its first anonymous solution focused self-help program according to the Brugse Model. The self-help program '15 Minutes 4 Me' was developed after initiation by Paul Koeck, MD. We developed this program for your clients.... Read more...

Solving stress in 15 minutes

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Yesterday evening, I provided training in stress management for the Jonge Kamer in Deinze, more commonly known as JCI Deinze, witht he title: Solving stress in 15 minutes per day. The questions which the group had considered both dealing with work pressure and work stress as well as how to deal with your children being loud and demanding attention after a long day of work, before you have had the chance to relax. How to get rid of stress when my children are being noisy? What stood out in the story... Read more...

Is Kathy Pauwels cured from Burnout? Interview with Paul Koeck, MD in ‘Dag Allemaal’

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Burnout and re-integration in the job afterward: an interview with Paul Koeck, MD, based on the news message that well-known Flemish & Royalty TV presentor Kathy Pauwels would be cured from burnout and is returning back to work. 'Before a burnout patient goes back to work, they need to prepare themselves beforehand at home by building up the burden to the brain little by little', stress manager Paul Koeck says. Read the entire Dutch article (pdf): Dag Allemaal - Not all bosses want to keep... Read more...

Paul Koeck, MD, in radio interview on ‘Charisma’ on Radio EenVandaag

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The Dutch National radio broadcasting station Eenvandaag interviewed Paul Koeck, MD, about the phenomenon 'Charisma' after the film premier of the movie 'The Double', after the eponymous novel by Fjodor Dostojevski: (more...) Read more...

How does our brain process negative thoughts?

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The training principle When we train a muscle every day, it becomes larger, heavier, and more powerful. When we do not use a muscle for an extended period of time, it reduces. This is called muscular atrophy in the medical world. It can take months to re-train your muscle after you start using it again. Training of our brain in stress, anxiety, burnout, or depression The same thing goes for our brain. Modern visual technology allows us to measure and map the activity in certain parts of our brain.... Read more...

Agoraphobia: what therapy treats it?

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Lately, agoraphobia has become an issue which has become more and more common in medical practises. For some it takes shape in not daring to drive a car on highways. For others, walking into open spaces or public places is the problem, and yet another group of people find it difficult to reach the doctor because they hardly dare to leave their own house. Other people again visit to their doctor with complaints of hyperventilation or even anxiety attacks. What is Agoraphobia? Agoraphobia is, first... Read more...

What is cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of stress?

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Cognitive behavioral therapy was developed by the psychologist Aaron Beck, and around the same time psychologist Albert Ellis developed a similar method called Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy or REBT. The latter is also called RET or Rational Emotive Therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy is abbreviated to CBT. What is cognitive behavioral therapy? Cognitive behavioral therapy assumes that most psychological problems are caused by the 'thoughts' of a person. In short: What you think, causes... 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...

Online self-help program wins award

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With the 'Alfred'-award, the Flemish Union of Specialists in Solution focused cognitive and systematic therapy, Pedagogy, and Coaching (VVDO in short) crowned 15Minutes4Me.com as the 'best solution focused therapeutic initiative' of Flanders last month. "This easy-to-start program helps people to solve their stress, depression, or anxiety complaints themselves", the jury found. "Paul Koeck, MD, the initiating person of 15Minutes4Me.com completely deserves this recognition", doctor Luc Isebaert,... Read more...