Part II: Treating Anxiety in Pregnancy Without Meds

Various cognitive-behavioral approaches are viable alternatives to psychotropic drugs when treating pregnant women who are suffering from anxiety. This article is part II of a two-part series on treating anxiety in pregnancy without drugs.

Treating Anxiety in Pregnancy Without Psychotropic Drugs

Planned pregnancy should be a time of joy. But for working women without paid medical leave, it's also a time of anxiety. The use of psychotropic medications to address anxiety in pregnant women is controversial. This 2-part series presents a non medical approach—cognitive behavioral therapy—to treat anxiety. Part I explores one component: restructuring thought patterns.

Bridging the Gap between Primary Care and Mental Health Professionals

Due to a lack of knowledge and experience with psychiatric illnesses, primary care physicians are often unable to meet the needs of their patients with mental health issues. Mental health referrals should be as routine for primary care physicians as the ordering of lab tests.

A New Idea to Combat Workplace Stress: Mental Health Days

If employers allow for sick days, why not institute "Mental Health Days"? Doing so could minimize workplace depression and help to destigmatize mental health conditions.

Fear of Man's Best Friend: A Self-Help Strategy that Works

Unlike other phobias, such as fear of elevators or fear of flying, a dog phobia can be effectively cured by a motivated patient himself, using cognitive-behavioral therapy tools and techniques. All it takes is self-awareness, patience, time, and a willing friend with a dog.

Decluttering — Is it Therapy?

Decluttering experts, also known as professional organizers, are engaged in a process with their clients that is very much akin to cognitive-behavioral work. Too often, we psychologists and psychiatrists turn up our noses at such helping professions.

A Mind-Body Approach to Dermatology Conditions

Psychiatrists and psychologists trained in mind-body approaches to health can play a key role in helping patients with such conditions as eczema, psoriasis, and neurodermatitis. Using creative visualizing and cognitive techniques, a trained professional can help such patients recover faster from debilitating skin problems.

Taming Obsessive Thoughts

When thoughts become obsessive -- and they start to affect your mood and functioning -- take heart. Short-term cognitive behavioral techniques have been shown to be highly effective. It is possible to "reprogram" such thoughts and minimize the impact they have on your daily life in as little as three 90-minute sessions.

Learning to Be Assertive -- Part II

Using a combined guided imagery and desensitization technique can be of great help when working with people who feel insecure, fearful, and lack confidence in social and professional settings. When used in conjunction with the behavioral-cognitive techniques discussed in Part I of this blog, this is an excellent and highly successful approach to assertiveness training and yields good and measurable results.

Learning to Be Assertive -- Part I

Learning to be confident and assertive is essential for success in all aspects of life, from relationships to careers to personal happiness. Assertiveness training -- which might encompass behavioral therapy techniques as well as guided imagery and systematic desensitization -- can be quite effective in a short time frame. This first blog of a two-part series discusses behavioral therapy techniques used in assertiveness training.

Going Off to College

It's normal for new college students to experience loneliness during their freshman year. It's also normal for parents to feel the pang of worry and anxiety. Here are some ways parents can help their college freshman make that important transition--and find comfort themselves.

The Tennis Racket and the Mind

Combining the "split-screen technique" with an ancient Zen philosophical approach helped a patient improve his tennis game after three in-office visits.

Hypnosis: An Underused Technique

When integrated into a behavior modification strategy and used by a trained therapist, hypnosis can be a powerfully effective tool for treating many disorders. 

Managing Anxiety in Stressful Times

Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is not an uncommon condition today---made worse, no doubt, by information and media overload. Cognitive therapeutic techniques can help. Taking a media break couldn't hurt either!

Are You Still Suffering from Memories of an Unpleasant Experience?

The trigger for PTSD does not have to be an extreme traumatic event.

Do You Have a Dependent Personality?

Yes, you can! Short term, targeted strategies can help you overcome the feeling that you "can't."