Has anyone heard of Dr. Lucinda Basset? (Anxiety/depression)

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Rianna
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   Posted 10/29/2005 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw an infomercial and it looked very interesting.  It is called the Midwest Center for Anxiety and Depression.  It appears to be a very good program - but unfortunately, the tapes and program are a bit on the expensive side, and I am sure, that insurance does not cover self help programs like this.  I sure would love to get off the anxiety cycle and medication merry go round, but don't know if this actually would "cure" depression or anxiety enough to be off meds for good.

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   Posted 10/31/2005 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rianna,

Tempting isn't it?? Make sure that you go to your local library or your nearest large library. This can be a great resource for free access to books, books on tape, books on CD and videos for lots of topics including depression. If they don't have anything that looks interesting let the help desk know what you are looking for (tell them it's for a friend if you are shy) and they will find a title and borrow it from an affiliated library.

Good luck friend . . . and let us know what you find.

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   Posted 10/31/2005 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
P.S. I actually bought such a program and it was the author talking all about himself and then I got phone calls from his company asking for donation ^&*$#@ Needless to say, I was ticked off and I told them so. I also sent the book and materials back and told them that I didn't appreciate paying so much money to hear a guy talk about himself and give little or no help on the subject advertised (depression).

I really do want to know what you find.

Blessings!
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Rianna
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   Posted 11/1/2005 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I think you are talking about that infomercial guy who writes a book called "Natural cures, they don't want you to know about" and then the book just goes on about himself and then tells you to go on his website, where he charges $199.00 a year for "info" that "they" don't want you to know about. He is in the infomercial with Tammy Faye Baker..but I can't remember his name. He has not real medical training and used to be a used car salesman. The lady I was talking about is the founder of Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety and her name is Dr. Lucinda Basset or something like that. Her programs look great, but I feel if she really wanted to help people get out of the depression and anxiety rut, she would lower her program expenses on the sixteen tapes.

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   Posted 11/1/2005 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I did her course. It was absolutley wonderful. Expensive, yes, very. Then I sent it to my sister. You might try eBay for the course. I know there were some up for auction when I was looking for one tape of Lucinda's.
.....Squattie


Rianna
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   Posted 11/1/2005 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I will look into it. Just purchased her book called "From Panic to Power" It had very favorable ratings on Amazon.com

muggeridge
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   Posted 12/18/2005 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,

I just viewed the Midwest Center for Anxiety and Depression infomercial and I too would be interested in getting some feedback from a few people who are not paid for endorsements. The program sounds good although it is perhaps a bit expensive.

If however the program actually works, then it is almost a give away at the price. Six payments of $70.00 is not much to pay to get over a lifetimes worth of depression or anxiety. That is much less expensive than going to some shrink for years and/or paying for anti-depression and anti-anxiety medication, with all the potential side effects.

I would be deeply interested in serious feedback about this program from as many people as possible who have actually taken and completed the program. I will be indebted to you for your efforts.

Rianna
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   Posted 12/18/2005 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I still looking into getting the book because I can't afford anything else right now being out of work. I would also like to hear more feedback..six payments of $70.00 is more than I can afford right now. Once I find work..I am seriously thinking of purchasing the audio-cassettes..

nikkiia
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   Posted 12/21/2005 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I just ordered the program to try for 30 days.  I'm into week 3 of the 15 week program.  Lucinda Bassett is an actress who suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks, she talks about her experience and gives the information on how she worked with doctors to develop the program.  I have to admit that the program does take some work, obviously you will get out what you put into it.  The program is set up for 1 lesson per week, but it is laid out to cover the entire week. For example: Day1, listen to the audio lesson; Day 2, observe yourself for things discussed in the audio; Day3, listen to the audio and complete the workbook exercises; Day 4, observe yourself and work on techniques discussed in the workbook; Day 5, listen to the audio.  They also have some video/DVD supplements relating to the lessons, but I have not watched those yet.  The audio lessons are around 1 hr long, divided into 3 sections.  1st Lucinda introduces the topic and discusses her experiences briefly, then she has guest who have completed the program talk about their experiences before and after they completed the program, finally she ends talking about techniques and steps to take to work on the lesson topic.
The audio is very easy to listen to, conversation style, down-to-earth discussions.  They also stress that this is a process and to not get caught up on the individual steps and perfecting each technique.  So far, I have completed the introduction, panic attacks, and self-talk.  She talks about how therapists want to spend time talking about how your childhood had damaged you and putting blame on other people, etc, Lucinda developed the program as an action program with the thought of (my paraphrasing) so-what, it's in the past, how do I move forward right now and make my life better.
 
I have to be honest, after hearing the program cost I was very tempted not to order.  The telemarketer on the 1-800 number did a good job of getting me to commit to the 30-day free trial, then I felt guilty for being talked into it, but I figured I didn't have much to lose.  (Be warned, they are still telemarketers on the phone and will do what they need to to close the sale, one review I found later recommended asking for a 60-day trial and they got one.) Now I'm really considering keeping the program after the trial is over.  If you do the one-time payment, it is around $420, including the $9.95 for S&H that I paid for the trial.  As someone mentioned above, that's a small price to pay compared to therapists and drugs. 
 
If anyone has questions, please write back, I'll set up notification for postings so I see them. 
I'm looking forward to a slightly less-stressful Christmas already!
 
 
 

Rianna
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   Posted 12/22/2005 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
This is very encouraging..thanks for taking the time to write in about the audio cassettes.  I also got the introductory offer, but it expired back in November.  If I had a job, I would probably go through with it..I figure I am spending a lot more on visits to the Psychiatrists, Remeron and Klonopin.  I still feel that depression and anxiety is clinical coming from an imbalance in the brain, and while that there might be remedies to improve it (cognitive therapy, workbooks etc) I don't feel it ever really is *cured* or it goes away.  I felt she was saying in her introduction (The free CD that they send you that introduces the program) that people don't needs meds because anxiety and depression can be cured. I think that bothered me a little.  Anyway, I have sent the info to my friend who also suffers from anxiety his whole life..he is much more financially stable than I am right now..and maybe if he gets it..I could perhaps borrow the program from him.  Thanks again.

davidincincy
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   Posted 12/29/2005 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I went though the program a couple of years ago. And here I am on the internet looking for causes of my depression. I think the program is much too expensive and there are cheaper resources available that are just as effective. The program speaks a lot of truth and I benefited from it, but the price. I also thought the program was much more for anxiety sufferers than depression. But I am having a hard time finding a solid psychological reason to my depression. If I had an “issue” that I needed to work on with my emotions or psychology then maybe the program would have pointed that out to me. Then I would probably be more grateful. I think “Healing is a Choice” is a great resource and I would love to talk to anyone about it. https://my.newlife.com/cgi-bin/cart/item.pl/29615163528404034943282?item=BK745
 
Life is still worth living.
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Rianna
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   Posted 12/29/2005 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi David,

I live in Cincinnati as well - small world.  I will look into the book you talked about.  Thanks so much for replying.


RhondaC
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   Posted 1/16/2006 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
In July 2004 I went to the Emergency Room because I was sure that I was having a heart attack or losing my mind. After 18 years of near perfect attendance at my job, I could no longer go to work. I couldn't go to my parents house, the grocery store or anywhere that I might have contact with people. I had to be near my husband at all times and I had no idea what was going on. I don't even take aspirin, so the thought of medication terrified me. One night, after I had missed work for a couple of weeks, my husband saw the infomercial from the Midwest Center. He told me about it the next day and I began doing research. The cost was out of my price range, but my husband begged me to order the program for the thirty day trial period. I did and it played a huge part in saving my life and healing my anxiety. My anxiety was so bad at the time, that I listened to the tapes one after the other, just to calm down enough to follow the program the right way. I missed about five weeks of work, but I was able to go back even before I was recovered, and work the anxiety and depression. Like Lucinda says...I have never gone back to where I was before and I honestly believe that I never will. My family physician couldn't believe that I was able to control my anxiety without medication, but Lucinda was right again, I didn't need it and I'm thankful for that! The program taught me a great deal about myself, life and coping with everyday stress. It's definitely worth the price and they might even be willing to work out a deal (extended payments or financing) if need be. At one point I thought that I would never be "normal" again...I was wrong. It does take some work and some realization on your part - that it really isn't physical - but it is possible!

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   Posted 11/13/2006 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
i am very seriously considering buying this program. has anyone used it since january 2006? i would really appreciate any advice.

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   Posted 11/13/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry hopeful but, I have had to edit your post as it is against forum rules to sell or trade.  You can however contact someone via e-mail personally if you feel they are interested in this as long as HW isnt involved.  Again I am sorry and hope you do understand.  Thank you  ~ Elisha

Post Edited By Moderator (els) : 11/14/2006 12:24:27 PM (GMT-7)


Caden
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   Posted 4/11/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I went through her program when I was only 16 years old. I'm now 20 years old. It's a wonderful program. It worked very very well for me. It is pricy though, but I think it was worth it. I just found out that she sells a positive mood supplement at GNC stores that I'm going to check out. Good luck. May peace and happiness be with you.

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   Posted 4/11/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Caden,


Welcome to the Healing Well depression forum.  Feel free to pop in on any post and even start your own thread if you want to.

Everybody here is very thoughtful and compassionate as you will soon learn. 

It sounds like you are doing really well and we love to hear success stories.  It brightens things up.

TAke care, keep posting,

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faithfully4you
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   Posted 4/11/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
THAT INFOMMERCIAL IS A JOKE!!!!!! Believe me, I tried it a couple of years ago, all I had to do was pay shipping and handling of 20 bucks and if I sent it back during the trial period, I would get that back.  Long story short, I never was reimbursed the 20 bucks but if I wanted to keep it its was several hundreds of dollars, close to almost $1,000 they try to suck you in too.
 
Remember these people that try to push like she does probably never had depression.
 
The same thing she has to offer, you could get from the library for nothing.
 
Big Joke!
Teresa 


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   Posted 7/11/2008 2:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to admit, this actress had me going. I listened to some audio files of hers that I downloaded from the internet. I got taken aback at first by the arrogant, and egoistical physician that she had on her show who was instrumental in this program. These other two points really discredited her. I am sure I can find more but I haven't listened to her entire program yet.

1. She was trying to convince others not to be afraid of anxiety and depression medications.
2. She was telling people to worry at a specific time of day, 9PM for example and then to write down all your worries then.

First off, as any one knows, psych drugs are almost never the answer except, maybe, just maybe, in situations where the individual is considering harm to himself or others. Recent studies that have been buried for decades and re-evaluated shows that antidepressant medications are no better than a placebo in almost all cases. They all have bad side effects that are very damaging if taken more than short term. Again, it's marketing The drug companies want everyone to take meds on an ongoing basis. Look at the Pediatric Association and the drug companies making Statins. They want 8 year olds to take Statins for their blood pressure instead of learning about diet, lifestyle, and behavior changes.

Secondly, worrying before you go to bed? That's really good for one to become an insomniac and prevent oneself from falling asleep because you're worrying.

One other footnote, my psych told me that I don't have depression but anxiety. For her to blanketly label as everyone who has anxiety has depression is erroneous.

Again, another marketing gimmick.

Post Edited (Blondee_yvr) : 7/11/2008 1:34:12 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 7/11/2008 2:57 AM (GMT -6)   
To be honest, I haven't followed this discussion. Yet I would like to point out a cheap book that got me out, and although it won't help all, you might want to give it a try. It is called "The Power of Now", by Eckhart Tolle. I think it will be available in local libraries as well.

Personally, I still believe that meds can work on some individuals, since some forms of depression are related to chemicals released in your brain, and meds can change that for the better. But I think a lot can be achieved by stopping the thoughts, as Buddhists do. Simple as that, negativity and problems doesn't exist without time. Only situations will remain, and those aren't negative, just something to be dealt with.

I wish everyone all the best,
Erik
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   Posted 7/11/2008 2:59 AM (GMT -6)   
haha. funny you mention Echart. I am reading the second book, "A New Earth",  but I've been meaning to get the first book. i think both provide enlightenment and I feel better afterwards. you can also download podcasts from Oprah.com.
 
I suppose psych meds work on "some" individuals in the same way "some" individuals who smoke all their life never develop heart disease or lung problems. Have a see here: http://www.newsweek.com/id/144951/output/print

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 7/11/2008 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Dr. Lucinda Bassett didn't work for me.
Xanax is the only thing that controls my Anxiety.
I believe Bassett is a bunch of hoopla.
Pamela Neckpain

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   Posted 7/11/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Blondee,

Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am Kitt.  I need to ask you to tone down your comments as this is a support forum. Decisions about health and well-being are highly personal, individual choices. 

Blondee said...

First off, as any one knows, psych drugs are almost never the answer except, maybe, just maybe, in situations where the individual is considering harm to himself or others


Your above statement is not supportive or accurate and this comment is not condusive to the healing atmosphere we attempt to maintain in this forum.

We are here to support you and your depression issues so please use us wisely.  I have researched the Lucinda Basset site several times and agree it is not a choice I would make for me. That is my 2 cents worth re the site.

Memo to Members from our Guidelines:

4. Use good judgement.  NEVER rely on information or opinions exchanged via the forums or chat rooms to replace necessary, personal consultation(s) with qualified health or medical professionals to meet your individual health or medical needs.  Remember that what's right or has worked for one person may not be what's right for you. 
 
Again welcome to HealingWell and I hope you find what your looking for with us.
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   Posted 7/11/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
 
from my own personal experience with this organization, I would NOT at all use this.  I had posted awhile back about what I wen through with this! 
 
TRUST ME, DONT BELIEVE THIS HOOPLA!!!!!
 
Teresa 


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   Posted 7/11/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Teresa, I agree with you too.  Hope you are doing well and hugs to you sweetie.
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