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

The Should Monster: a purple monster with wings weighing you down with "shoulds"
Mental Health

“Should” You Worry About Things?

AI recently about the worry tree as a tool for managing worry, and my friends at WeDIDIt mentioned that the idea the worry is productive can be a trap that leads to endless worry and rumination. Hence this post – "should" you worry, ruminate, self-criticize, or engage in other repetitive negative thinking patterns in order… Continue reading “Should” You Worry About Things?

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Anxiety vs. Worry

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are anxiety vs. worry. Anxiety and worry are both normal human experiences, but when severe they can be elements of mental illness.  Notably, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) features both of them.  People with high levels of neuroticism as… Continue reading What Is… Anxiety vs. Worry

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

diagram of the worry tree tool
Mental Health Tools

The Worry Tree

Fellow blogger Skinny Hobbit recently mentioned a technique I hadn't heard of before, the worry tree, so I wanted to look into it a little more. Worry is related to but not the same as anxiety.  Worry is a thinking process that is focused around problems that may arise in the future, which can then generate… Continue reading The Worry Tree

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Mental Health

Bedtime Stories from the Mental Illness Wolf

Most nights, just before bedtime, I get hit with a rush of worry about the future.  How will I take care of myself?  How will I support myself financially?  What if I can never resurrect the tatters of my career?  Then I climb into bed, the meds take over, and off to sleep I go.… Continue reading Bedtime Stories from the Mental Illness Wolf