Depression Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Depression is one of the most common medical conditions, which can interfere significantly with a person’s quality of life, relationships and ability to work. Several effective treatments are available, including psychotherapy and medication. This article contains a brief overview of both areas, while focusing on psychotherapy, particularly Communication-Focused Therapy® (CFT), …

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Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder (5)

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Social anxiety disorder can significantly reduce an individual’s choices in life and the quality of life overall. Since communication is the process by which humans fulfil their needs, values and aspirations, its effectiveness is important for satisfaction, contentment and happiness in life. It is the main …

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CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy, the less intensive form of psychoanalysis, are arguably the most prominent and well-researched schools of psychotherapy, apart from interpersonal therapy (IPT) models. Essentially all psychotherapies go back to the revolutionary concept of the ‘talking cure’ in the late nineteenth century, …

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Treatment of ADHD in Adults (1)

Adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health condition that has been estimated to affect one out of twenty people worldwide. It causes persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems, which can …

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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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Adding Paroxetine May Not Improve CBT for Social Anxiety

Many treatment options are available for social anxiety disorder (SAD), but as highlighted in a 2014 network meta-analysis (Psychiatric News, November 18, 2014) cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are generally considered the most effective. But how might these two options directly compare, or work in tandem to treat SAD? There has …

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