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Despite their differences, all good therapies share certain qualities Many approaches to therapy have been developed in the decades since Freud first began his experimentation with the ‘talking cure’. Psychotherapy today comes in many varieties: The psychoanalyst will probe your unconscious; the behaviourist will rearrange your reinforcement contingencies; the cognitive therapist will challenge your irrational…

Keeping your temper in check can be challenging. Use simple anger management tips – from taking timeout to using “I” statements – to stay in control. Do you fume when someone cuts you off in traffic? Does your blood pressure rocket when your child refuses to cooperate? Anger is a normal and even healthy emotion…

Anger is an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense rage, and like other emotions, it is accompanied by physiological changes; when you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of your energy hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. Anger can be caused by both external…

Have you ever noticed that many prestigious hotels do not have a 13th floor: After the 12th comes the 14th floor! This is an example of a “superstition”; many healthy individuals have vague superstitions, which they know are “silly”, but nevertheless they still prefer not to transgress. Superstition and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are not related,…

If you suspect that you might suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, answer the questions below. If most of your answers are Yes, consider consulting with a health care professional for a more in-depth assessment. Do you have unwanted ideas, images, or impulses that seem silly, nasty, or horrible? Do you worry excessively…

If you think you (or a family member) may be suffering from a mood disorder, answer the questions below. If most of the answers are Yes, consider consulting with a health care professional for a more in-depth assessment. Use this ‘scoring key’ to assess the likelihood of your meeting the criteria for a Mood Disorder….

The symptoms of anxiety are sometimes not obvious as they often develop gradually, and since we all experience some anxiety at some points in time, it can be difficult to know how much is too much. Some common symptoms of anxiety include: hot and cold flushes racing heart tightening of the chest snowballing worries obsessive…

“Depression is like drowning. Except you can see everyone else around you breathing” Anonymous The normal ups and downs of life mean that from time to time, we all will have felt sad or have had the so-called “blues”. But if emptiness and despair seem to have taken hold of your life and will not…

“Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have” Joyce Meyer Anxiety is not the same as fear, even though it only occurs in situations perceived as uncontrollable or unavoidable, but not realistically so. Anxiety has been described as agony, dread, terror, or even apprehension which is an emotional state of uneasiness…

What is Anxiety? Checklists of key anxiety-related symptoms: Anxiety Disorder in Adults Anxiety Disorder in Children Social Anxiety Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

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