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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!