Book cover: Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by Daniel F. Gros
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: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy has just been released in its second edition. I was curious what a mindful approach to OCD would look like, but, as the subtitle says, this is a mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in combination book; it's not a pull up a cushion… Continue reading Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… a Behavioural Experiment

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is behavioural experiments. Behavioural experiments are a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) technique used to test out beliefs in real-world conditions, kind of like a social scientist might. Behavioural experiments are commonly used in the treatment of anxiety disorders… Continue reading What Is… a Behavioural Experiment

book cover: Don't Believe Everything You Feel
Book Reviews

Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel

Don't Believe Everything You Feel by Robert L. Leahy uses an emotional schema approach to help you manage anxiety and depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tools are ussd as part of this approach. It's set up as a workbook, with a substantial amount of text interspersed with worksheets. Some of the worksheets are fairly structured,… Continue reading Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel

An aha moment Understanding anhedonia and depression.- graphic of brain in the shape of a lightbulb
Depression

An Anhedonia Aha Moment

Recently, I had a bit of an aha moment while commenting on a post by Caz at Mental Health 360º, making a connection related to anhedonia that had never crossed my mind before. She was talking about the idea that motivation follows activation. Earlier in the course of my illness, I figured it was worth… Continue reading An Anhedonia Aha Moment

book cover: The Anxiety Skills Workbook by Stefan G. Hofmann
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook

The Anxiety Skills Workbook by Stefan G. Hofmann uses a cognitive behavioural therapy approach to help you better manage your anxiety. One thing I liked was the cautionary note in the introduction that the book wasn't intended to address suicidality, severe depression, or problematic substance abuse, and anyone experiencing those should get in touch with… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook

Book cover: Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss by Joel Minden
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

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: JH (Writing Through PTSD)

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 post is by JH of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: JH (Writing Through PTSD)

Book cover: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary by Charlotte Dennis
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary

The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary: A Self-Help Diary with CBT Activities to Challenge Your OCD by Charlotte Dennis shares her experiences using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to manager her OCD.  It's designed as a workbook to be written in, so the paper version would definitely be a better pick than the ebook. The book is… Continue reading Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary