Month: January 2017

Mindfulness meditation lowers biomarkers of stress

Here is an interesting description of a study that showed that patients suffering from anxiety had “sharply reduced stress-hormone and inflammatory responses to a stressful situation after taking a mindfulness meditation course”. This was in comparison to patients taking place in a non-meditation stress management course. For the article in Medical Express click here. Mindfulness is …

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Parenting a Child with OCD

This article contains some tips on how to parent a Child with OCD. It does not go into the depths of OCD, but contains some advice to help parents feel more relaxed about the OCD of their children. 5 Tips on How to Parent a Child with OCD on PsychCentral(R)

The Upside of Anxiety?

In clinical practice, anxiety can also be a protection against burnout. People with anxiety might actually notice earlier that their life and their values and interests are out of sync. See, for example, the article 6 Hidden Benefits of Anxiety on the Psychology Today website.  

Can An App Really Help Your Agoraphobia?

There are apps for almost anything it seems. Now, there is even one for agoraphobia. According to an article in the Huffington Post it includes the following:” ● Psychoeducation (learning about and understanding the condition), ● Reflection (reflecting on personal experience) ● Systematic desensitisation (gradually exposing one to their fear) ● Cognitive behavioural therapy (training …

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Why you should NEVER drink to forget: Alcohol ‘makes bad memories stronger’

Scientists have found evidence that alcohol not only prevents you from forgetting bad memories but makes them stronger – by strengthening nerve cells connected to the brain’s fear response center. Replacing this form of self-medication with short-term drug therapy and behavioral therapy is the only way to weaken – or even rewrite – bad memories. …

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