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The initial diagnosis of a brain tumor can be overwhelming. Finding the right services and support systems can make all the difference. To assist with the social and medical needs of brain tumor patients and their families, the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation and The Brain Tumor Center at UC San Diego present this five part series. In this program, Steve Hickman, PsyD, with UC San Diego, talks about stress reduction through mindfulness.
Steven D. Hickman, Psy.D. discusses the field of behavioral medicine, specifically assessing and treating patients with chronic pain and illness. Dr. Hickman utilizes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) a particular way of paying attention: with mindful intention, in the moment, without judgment. Although MBSR embraces the acceptance of things as they are without striving, research has shown that, with regular practice, it has the potential to lower stress, anxiety, and depression. It can promote relaxation, improve concentration, raise self-awareness, and enhance the immune system. (28 minutes)
Stress is an inherent part of modern life, and it can take quite a toll if allowed to run unchecked. Steve Hickman, director and founder of the UC San Diego Health System recently-established Center for Mindfulness, shares techniques for looking at stress from a new perspective and responding to it in an objective, non-judgmental way by focusing on the present. Dr. Hickman discusses some of the major sources of stress and how our perceptions of them change as we grow older. He explores the mental and physical processes we experience in conjunction with stress, and teaches us practical skills that can be used to manage the way we respond to stress under a wide variety of circumstances. (57 minutes)
Renowned mindfulness meditation teacher and best-selling author Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at UC San Diego Medical Center in 2005 on the topic of "Coming to Our Senses", which is also the name of his book, subtitled "Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness". A pioneer in the application of ancient Buddhist practices to healing in modern medical settings, Kabat-Zinn expounds upon the value of "resting in awareness" not only to facilitate clarity in ourselves, but also as a means of relating to and healing the "dis-ease" in politics, society and the world. (57 minutes)
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