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Insomnia Explained: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment Sep 25th, 2019

Insomnia Insomnia, also known as Insomnia Disorder, is a sleep disorder that causes the affected person to have problems with quantity or quality of sleep. People with insomnia might take hours to fall asleep, leaving them with only a few hours of sleep every night followed by daytime drowsiness and...

CBT-Based Mindfulness Aug 9th, 2019

Mindfulness in Mental Health Mindfulness practices have been incorporated into mental health treatments for many years; however, for the past decade, there has been an increase in interest and popularity of this approach. Maybe we can blame this on our increasingly fast-paced society and/or the fact that technology has now...

Coping with Burnout Using CBT Jul 22nd, 2019

Job Burnout Burnout is extremely common in present day society. It is believed that disability and co-occurring conditions due to burnout will become increasingly widespread as technology continues to advance at such a rapid rate. Developments in technology within the past decade alone have allowed us to essentially take our...

The Fear Factor: Cognitive Strategies to Overcome your Fears Jul 12th, 2019

The Fear Factor Many of you will remember the reality TV show, “Fear Factor” that aired on NBC several years ago. On this show, contestants would compete by completing dangerous stunts or experiences that would make most people cringe in fear! The show gained popularity at that time for presenting...

Face your Fears: A Valid Treatment Method for Anxiety Jun 26th, 2019

The Problem of Avoidance Face your fears, because if you don’t you may always have them. It has been known for decades that the avoidance of confronting feared situations will only prolong or even exacerbate fear symptoms over the given situation. A feared situation, unconfronted, will leave an individual afraid...

Social Anxiety Disorder or just shy? Jun 17th, 2019

Symptoms & Presentation Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as Social Phobia, is a mental health disorder where the affected person has fear of, or anxiety about, various social situations. Social situations can include interactions with one person or a group of people in settings such as a social gathering, a...

Changing the Way you Think Jun 5th, 2019

Changing Your Thoughts with Cognitive Restructuring In the last post, we talked about how Bob began to think and interpret the situation at the group meeting at his college. I mentioned that in this current post, we would begin to discuss how Bob can change the thought-feeling-behavior process by first identifying and becoming...

Anxiety and Depression Explained May 28th, 2019

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was created based on Cognitive Behavioral Theory, which describes that anxiety and depression develop because of negative, distorted, or irrational thoughts and beliefs. This theory explains that there is a link between the way you think, the way you feel, and your behaviors and actions. So, if you’re thoughts are sad, negative,...

CBT 101 May 20th, 2019

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used therapy techniques to treat anxiety, depression, and many other emotional and even physical issues. CBT has been researched and tested for decades with people from different ages and backgrounds and has been found to not only...

Facing Depression May 18th, 2019

What is depression? Depression is a feeling of intense sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness that persists for weeks and significantly interferes with day to day functioning. What does depression look like? Depression can look different for different people. Some people are mildly depressed, while some experience severe depression. Common symptoms of...

Facing Anxiety May 17th, 2019

What is anxiety? Anxiety is another word for fear or worry. It is a feeling of uneasiness or distress about some real or perceived threat. Is anxiety ever good? The feeling of anxiety is caused by a tiny structure deep in the brain which warns us when danger is present...

Kate’s Anxiety and Depression May 17th, 2019

Anxiety and Depression It has been said that depression is distress about the past and anxiety is distress about the future. When difficulties happen, it’s not uncommon to experience both. We are going to look at a difficult situation with “Kate”, and see how to help her. You may have...

Did I Think That? May 17th, 2019

How We Think How we think about a situation often determines how we feel. For example, if we think something is going to turn out great, we will likely feel confident and optimistic. If, on the other hand, we think something is going to fail miserably or cause problems, we...