The online self-help program 15Minutes4Me.com wins the “Alfred” award for the best “solution focused therapy” initiative in Flanders.

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The online self-help program 15Minutes4Me.com wins the "Alfred" award for the best "solution focused therapy" initiative in Flanders. Paul Koeck, MD from the online self-help program '15Minutes4Me.com' received the yearly 'Alfred' award yesterday from the « Flemish Union of Specialists in solution focused cognitive and systematic therapy, Nurturing and Coaching », abbreviated to the VVDO. The internet program '15Minutes4Me.com' helps hundreds of people with burnout, depression, stress, or anxiety... Read more...

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...

Hyperventilation and anxiety treatment with internet therapy or an online self-help program

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It has been raining questions about hyperventilation and other anxiety disorders these last few months. Sometimes it seems like an epidemic. It suddenly comes up and people keep walking around with questions as if there were a rational reason as to why you would start experiencing hyperventilation. There of course is a medical explanation. And luckily there nowadays are very good and simple solutions for this. Simple from the standpoint of the doctor. This of course does not mean that the patient... Read more...

Can stress through worrying kill?

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Last week I partook in a two-da symposium regarding suicide prevention. I share only important conclusions with you which stood out to me. From research by the Dutch professor Ad Kerkhof, it has shown that people in suicide tend not to have death as their goal. Continue reading. When studying why someone tried to commit suicide, 2 surprising main reasons were found: 78% of the people who attempted suicide gave the reason that "The situation was so unbearable that I did not know what... 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...

Therapy for depression in seniors: Is my grandparent depressed?

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How frequently does depression occur in seniors? In a hundred depressed seniors, about 70% are women and 30% are men. According to the DSM-IV criteria, 2% have a major depression, which is a very deep depression. About 10 to 15% of the seniors suffer from a minor depression. In nursing homes, these statistics are even worse. There one will see a major or serious depression in around 17% of seniors, and about 38% of the seniors in such an institution suffer from a minor or light depression. The numbers... Read more...

Treating performance anxiety with an online self-help program

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Performance anxiety has become more and more common in medical practices in the past years. What is performance anxiety? Performance anxiety is, first of all, an anxiety for failing in a situation where you will be judged, for example, in an exam. Linked to this anxiety is almost always some form of avoiding behavior of such situations. What therapy or approach cures performance anxiety? Several forms of psychotherapy score well, providing that the patient does not quit before results are visible,... Read more...

Problems caused by stress and burnout: does hypnotherapy help?

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Hypnosis for stress? "Doctor, I suffer from stress. Can hypnosis help me?" ...  I hear this more and more often when I answer the phone in my practise. Stress and burnout as problems Stress and burnout are becoming serious problems in the 21st century. More and more often, people call me to ask if hypnosis can heal them. This made me decide to shortly explain when hypnosis in the form of therapy can be useful, and when it is not. What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is when a person is guided by a doctor... Read more...

Reduced sex drive due to stress?

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No sex drive? My husband does not touch me anymore. My wife has lost interest in sex. I have lost my sex drive. He does not want me anymore. You often hear about it. Sometimes, this indicates that something is wrong within the relationship it affects. However, it often instead is a sign that the person in question is not doing well. This means that their partner should not take the issue personally. Do stress, burnout, or depression affect sex drive? Yes, especially with major depressions... Read more...