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Phobias

by Dr Lisa Debrou - 25th November, 2015
Phobias

Do you have a phobia which is affecting your life and wish it could be different? Whilst some people learn to manage their phobias well, others are severely affected in their quality of life and daily functioning. A phobia is generally characterised by strong and intense levels of anxiety and fear. For some, the anxiety associated with a phobia can serve to maintain patterns of avoidance in life. For example, a person with a phobia of driving might avoid going anywhere that is not accessible by other means (e.g. by […]...

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Techniques To Manage Worry

Next time you find yourself worrying about something, ask yourself ‘what am I worrying about? Can I actually do anything about this?’ If the answer to this question is ‘yes’, try problem solving. Problem solving involves the following 6 steps: Step 1: Identify/Define Problem Try to state the problem as clearly as possible. Be objective and specific about the behaviour, situation, timing, and circumstances that make it a problem. Describe the problem in terms of what you can observe rather than subjective feelings. Step 2: Generate Possible Solutions/Options List all […]...

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Are You Worrying About Your Health Despite Doctors Telling You There Is Nothing Wrong?

…you may be experiencing health anxiety. Ask yourself the following questions: · Do you worry you may have or will develop a serious medical problem e.g. cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s Disease, MS, a mental illness such as schizophrenia, a thyroid disorder, heart problem etc.? · Do you worry that any bodily sensations/changes are a sign of a serious medical problem? · Do you find it difficult to control or let go of your health worries? · Do you mentally scan your body and/or mind for signs that something is wrong? · […]...

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Worsen Anxiety

Mindfulness Meditation is increasingly being incorporated into therapy programmes, in particular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to treat a range of mental health problems including Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders and Sleep Problems. The benefits of Mindfulness are well documented, however in some cases, for example in those suffering with anxiety and panic, it can exacerbate symptoms. Mindfulness is about becoming aware of the present moment as a way of not being pulled away into worries about the past and catastrophic predictions about the future. It […]...

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