What is... psychology series

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 reviews, Mental health

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

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Mental health, What is... psychology series

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?

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Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Christie

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This week, we have two emerging… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Christie

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What is... psychology series

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

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Humanity & social relationships, Mental health

I Admit It – I’m a Ghoster

Yes, that's right, I'm guilty – I'm a ghoster.  Ghosting is not a nice thing to do to someone, but are some forms of ghosting worse than others? I would like to propose two different types of ghosting: offensive ghosting, which serves to actively reject another person, and defensive ghosting, which is done for the… Continue reading I Admit It – I’m a Ghoster

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Mental health

Suppression of Unwanted Thoughts

I was browsing the web for interesting therapy materials, when I came across the worksheets for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders on the website of one of the authors, Dr. John Forsyth.  I've never done ACT, but I've done a lot of reading about it, and it makes a lot of sense to… Continue reading Suppression of Unwanted Thoughts

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Mental health

When events overwhelm coping skills

We've all got our toolbox of coping skills to draw on when things start to get difficult.  It's usually not quite as simple as that, though.  My toolbox has multiple different compartments, and multiple different keys.  When I'm well, I've got the master key and I have access to all the different compartments with all… Continue reading When events overwhelm coping skills

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Mental health

Pass the magical thinking hat

In psychiatry, magical thinking refers to the idea that there is a causal relationship between one's thoughts and the outside world; basically that thinking something makes it so.  I tend to combine magical thinking with avoidance to produce a thought pattern of "I won't think about it and therefore it's no longer real."  It's entirely… Continue reading Pass the magical thinking hat

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Mental health

To avoid or not to avoid, that is the question

Sometimes avoidance is adaptive.  If we see a mama bear and her cubs, we know we need to steer clear.  This is when our caveman brain is programmed to kick into fight or flight mode, and we probably never would have moved far beyond the caves without it.  But a lot of avoidance is maladaptive,… Continue reading To avoid or not to avoid, that is the question