Avoidance

Mental Health @ Home book review: Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety

Book Review: Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety

Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety by Sally M. Winston and Martin N. Seif uses a cognitive behaviour therapy approach to help readers deal with chronic indecisiveness, avoidance, and catastrophic thinking. The book begins by explaining what anticipatory anxiety is—the expectation of distress and the push towards avoidance that occurs before you encounter the situation you fear in …

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What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is avoidant personality disorder. Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) falls within the DSM-5‘s cluster C of anxious/fearful personality disorders. It’s characterized by intense feelings of inadequacy and fear of social rejection, and avoidance is relied upon as a coping …

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MH@H book review: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook

Book Review: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook

The Anxiety and Depression Workbook by Michael A. Tompkins incorporate cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you improve emotional flexibility. This is defined as “the ability to respond to life’s challenges with an appropriate level of emotion, and then to recover as these situations change.” Sounds pretty good to me. Somewhat like Overcoming Avoidance, …

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MH@H book review: Overcoming Avoidance Workbook

Book Review: Overcoming Avoidance

The Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by psychologist Daniel F. Gros aims to help you stop avoiding and start living. It takes a transdiagnostic approach, meaning it focuses on specific behaviours rather than the diagnoses in which they occur. The cover says that it’s for anxiety, depression, or PTSD, but the focus is on anxiety and depression. …

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MH@H book review: Stop Avoiding Stuff

Book Review: Stop Avoiding Stuff

Stop Avoiding Stuff, by Matthew S. Boone, Jennifer Gregg, and Lisa W. Coyne, tackles avoidance using techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy. It teaches microskills that you can use as alternatives to avoidance, and suggests teeny tiny practices along the way. The book starts off with a look at what avoidance is and why we …

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What Is… Emetophobia (Vomiting Phobia)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is emetophobia. Emetophobia, or fear of vomiting, falls under the diagnosis of specific phobia in the DSM-5. However, it hasn’t been as well researched as other types of phobias. As a phobia, it goes far beyond a dislike …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss

Book Review: Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss

Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss by Joel Minden provides strategies drawn from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help manage anxiety. CBT is an evidence-based treatment, so while the strategies won’t necessarily work for everyone, they are legit, unlike many of the other self-help books floating around. The approach is broken down into three major steps: …

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MH@H book review: Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Life

Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes explains how concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can get you unstuck from your thoughts so you’re free to actually start living. The book takes a brief look at relational frame theory, on which ACT is based, but doesn’t get bogged …

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What Is… a Safety Behaviour

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is safety behaviour. Safety is supposed to be a good thing, isn’t it? Maybe, but sometimes, the mind will start shouting at you to do things that don’t actually keep you safe and instead just make you anxious, …

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