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Health Anxiety

What is health anxiety? Health anxiety is an irrational worry about having an illness. Those affected by health anxiety have an obsessional preoccupation with the idea that they are currently (or will be) experiencing an illness. They might spend hours on the Internet researching health information. When they get a sore throat, they automatically think …

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Skills to Beat Anxiety

Anxiety

The problem of uncertainty Numerous studies have shown that an intolerance of uncertainty is a key factor in evoking anxiety. People who believe they cannot tolerate uncertainty often procrastinate, avoid situations, seek constant reassurance and/or carry out excessive checking. Ref – Carleton et al “Certain About Uncertainty” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22366534/ 2012 (accessed 22 January 2021) Because uncertainty …

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The Difference Between Anxiety and Depression

anxiety and depression

If you were to ask someone to name two common mental health problems, chances are they will say anxiety and depression. Even though they are commonly referenced in conversation, people still struggle sometimes to determine the difference between these two conditions. This is because many people with anxiety also develop depression and vice versa. What …

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Myths vs Facts around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT

Myth – CBT is too mechanical Fact – While it’s true that CBT has many tools in its toolbox to help people move forward, it is far from mechanical.  Cognitive behavioural therapy, like all effective therapies, emphasises the importance of a trusting, honest therapeutic relationship as the essential foundation. Furthermore, a good CBT therapist will …

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