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  • The Connection Between OCD and a Healthy Lifestyle: How the BetterTogether App Can Help

    The Connection Between OCD and a Healthy Lifestyle: How the BetterTogether App Can Help

    This post is part of a cross-promotion with Better together app. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). While the condition can be challenging, recent studies and personal anecdotes reveal that adopting a structured, healthy lifestyle can provide significant benefits. By leveraging the power of…

  • Understanding PTSD and the Role of Cognitive Exercises in Reducing Symptoms

    Understanding PTSD and the Role of Cognitive Exercises in Reducing Symptoms

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. This condition can profoundly affect an individual’s life, influencing their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Fortunately, cognitive exercises have shown promise in helping individuals with PTSD by targeting and modifying maladaptive beliefs and thought patterns…

  • Chronic pain management using CBT: 5 tips

    Chronic pain management using CBT: 5 tips

    Introduction Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide, significantly impacting their quality of life. It can lead to physical limitations, emotional distress, and social isolation. While there are various approaches to managing chronic pain, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has emerged as an effective treatment option. CBT focuses on the relationship…

  • Overcoming Medical Challenges with CBT: Strategies for Post-Surgery Recovery and Mental Resilience

    Overcoming Medical Challenges with CBT: Strategies for Post-Surgery Recovery and Mental Resilience

    Coping with medical challenges, especially during recovery from surgery, can be a tumultuous journey marked by various cognitive and emotional landscapes. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) offers valuable tools and strategies to navigate this period, focusing on modifying negative thought patterns and behaviors to improve emotional regulation and develop effective coping mechanisms. This article delves into…

  • Coping with Anxiety: Understanding the Cognitive Landscape

    Coping with Anxiety: Understanding the Cognitive Landscape

    Anxiety, a ubiquitous part of the human experience, can range from the mild, fluttery feelings of nervousness before a big presentation to the deep, pervasive dread that interferes with daily life. While a certain level of anxiety can be motivating, pushing us to prepare and perform, it becomes problematic when it oversteps, crippling our ability…

  • How Coping with Chronic Pain is Affected by Negative Thinking: A Cognitive Therapy Perspective

    How Coping with Chronic Pain is Affected by Negative Thinking: A Cognitive Therapy Perspective

    Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. While the physical aspects of chronic pain are often the focus of treatment, the role of negative thinking in coping with chronic pain cannot be overlooked. From a cognitive therapy perspective, negative thinking patterns can exacerbate the experience of pain…

  • Exploring the Debate: Is “Pure O” OCD a Distinct Diagnosis?

    Exploring the Debate: Is “Pure O” OCD a Distinct Diagnosis?

    Imagine we’re sitting down over a cup of coffee, and I start talking about a topic close to my heart—Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, as it’s more commonly known. You’ve likely heard of OCD before; it’s often portrayed in the media as a condition where people are driven to compulsively clean their hands or check that…

  • Breaking Free from Thinking Loops

    Breaking Free from Thinking Loops

    In the intricate tapestry of our minds, thinking loops, often referred to as “stories,” play a significant role in shaping our emotional well-being. These loops are patterns of repetitive thoughts that can become entrenched in our mental landscape, influencing our feelings, behaviors, and overall mental health. While some thinking loops can be benign or even…

  • Overcome Sleep Anxiety: CBT Techniques to Quiet Your Worrying Mind and Enhance Rest

    Overcome Sleep Anxiety: CBT Techniques to Quiet Your Worrying Mind and Enhance Rest

    Introduction: The Midnight Musings of a Worried Mind Ever found yourself wide awake at 3 a.m., your mind buzzing with a myriad of worries instead of blissfully counting sheep? Trust me, you’re not alone. Hi there, I’m a clinical psychologist, but you can think of me more as a friend who’s delved deep into the…

  • Navigating Trauma Through Cognitive Insights

    Navigating Trauma Through Cognitive Insights

    Trauma encompasses the emotional response to distressing events, such as accidents, natural disasters, or personal assaults, leaving lasting effects on the individual’s mental, physical, and emotional health. It often leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), characterized by intrusive memories, avoidance behaviors, negative changes in thoughts and mood, and heightened reactions. The prevalence of trauma and…

  • Understanding Chronic Pain: A Cognitive Perspective

    Understanding Chronic Pain: A Cognitive Perspective

    Chronic pain is a complex and pervasive issue that affects millions of individuals worldwide. Unlike acute pain, which serves as a temporary and direct warning signal of injury or illness, chronic pain persists for months or years, often outlasting its original cause. It not only takes a toll on one’s physical health but also profoundly…

  • OCD vs. Pure O OCD – What is the difference?

    OCD vs. Pure O OCD – What is the difference?

    Introduction: Delineating the Cognitive Landscapes of OCD and Pure O OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition characterized by unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that a person feels driven to perform. Traditionally, OCD is recognized by its visible compulsions, such as excessive hand-washing, checking, or…