What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

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… Continue reading What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

book cover: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook by Michael A. Tompkins
MH@H Book Reviews

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,… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook

Book cover: Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by Daniel F. Gros
MH@H Book Reviews

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.… Continue reading Book Review: Overcoming Avoidance

Book cover: Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears & Do It Anyway
MH@H Book Reviews

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… Continue reading Book Review: Stop Avoiding Stuff

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Emetophobia

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… Continue reading What Is… Emetophobia

Book cover: Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss by Joel Minden
MH@H Book Reviews

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 for everyone, they are legit, unlike many of the other self-help books floating around. The approach is broken down into three major steps: predictions,… Continue reading Book Review: Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss

book cover: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes
MH@H Book Reviews

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… Continue reading Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

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,… Continue reading What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for pain. While initially, the idea of a psychological form of treatment for a physical problem may sound a bit odd at first, it makes more sense when you consider how inextricably connected… Continue reading What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain

dogs dressed up as ghosts
MH@H Depression

I Admit It – Depression Has Made Me a Ghoster

Yes, that's right, I'm guilty—I'm a ghoster. Ghosting is socially frowned upon, although it happens quite a bit. A LiveScience article cites research in which about 25% of participants had been ghosted, and 20% had ghosted someone else. It's often talked about with regards to romantic relationships, but it may be even more common in… Continue reading I Admit It – Depression Has Made Me a Ghoster