There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Reclaiming Life With CBT
Seth J. Gillihan PhD
If you’ve been tossing and turning night after night, you know what a struggle sleep can become. Invite easier sleep with these simple science-based practices.
After a trauma, we can feel cut off from life, damaged by what happened, and hopeless about the future. Here's how CBT helps trauma survivors get their lives back.
Panic doesn’t have to control our actions and shrink our lives. As we practice techniques that help us face our fears, we can reclaim the life we’ve been missing out on.
We often ignore mounting stress until things start to break down. Look for these 18 signs and reduce stress before a major crash.
The latest developments in depression research contradict society-wide assumptions about what causes depression and the best way to treat it.
Anxiety can dominate your thoughts and dictate your actions. Follow these steps from an anxiety treatment specialist to retrain your mind and reclaim your life.
Stress is built into your life, so stress management needs to be similarly predictable. Look for ways to build these practices into your daily routine.
Many of us will continue to struggle with our mental health even after the pandemic. Find hope and relief through these three simple evidence-based techniques.
The latest research shows that nearly everyone you know will experience mental illness at some point in their lifetime—challenging our concepts of mental health.
The COVID pandemic has harmed kids' and teens' mental health. Parents can play a crucial role in teaching their kids healthy coping skills.
When it comes to phobias and other excessive fears, avoidance is the problem—and exposure is the solution.
When we’re feeling anxious or depressed, trying to change how we feel sometimes backfires. Here's how to focus instead on living your best life.
Meditation is known to lower stress, quiet the mind, and calm the nervous system. So why doesn't it help you fall asleep?
It's easy to see those with different political views as "the enemy." Examining the stories we tell ourselves can help us find common ground.
Challenging our anxious thoughts with CBT can be helpful, but can also backfire.
It can be easy in these politically polarized times to base our opinions on our party's platform. Take this quiz to see if your friend is able to think for themselves.
Eight-five percent of those with COVID reported wearing masks "often" or "always" before getting sick. Does that mean masks aren't effective?
The vast majority of us believe in God or a universal spirit, but we rarely share our personal spiritual experiences. These six factors may hold us back.
A recent report from the CDC shows an alarming rise in rates of depression. Practices from mindfulness-centered cognitive behavioral therapy can help.
What we put in our bodies is a very personal decision—especially when it’s a substance that alters our brain chemistry. Consider these seven issues when weighing your options.
Nations, communities, and individuals are hurting. Foster loving kindness for yourself and others through a time-honored practice.
Overwhelming anxiety can affect every part of your being. Retrain your brain and find relief through daily practice in mindfulness-centered CBT.
Conventional wisdom says that introducing your kids from a young age to responsible drinking can prevent future problems with alcohol. The data tell a different story.
Face masks have become a divisive symbol in the debate about our response to the coronavirus.
There are enough things to be concerned about now without the overlay of runaway thoughts. Practice seeing through the disasters the mind creates.
In times of anxiety and uncertainty, your mind can be a powerful partner or a formidable foe.
Our natural tendency toward growth is still available in the time of COVID-19.
New research reveals how you and your partner affect each other's sleep quality—especially if you go to bed at the same time.
The pandemic has revealed the danger in assuming that we've seen it all before. Practice looking at the world with fresh eyes.
Massive changes in how we live have led to feeling overwhelmed and out of control. But we can reclaim our sense of agency—starting today.
Seth J. Gillihan, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and author specializing in mindfulness-centered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).