Across the Seven Seas – Exploration as Therapy (3)

Exploring new contacts and new situations can have a therapeutic effect if it leads to a greater perception of meaning. This can be helpful in depression, anxiety, burnout, eating disorders, ADHD and many other mental health conditions. Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) focuses on how communication patterns and the exposure to new meaningful information can lead to more adaptive and helpful adjustments of own communication patterns and to more success in meeting own needs, values and aspirations.

Keywords: exploration, communication-focused therapy, CFT, communication, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Communication-Focused Therapy® (CFT) for Anxiety and Panic Attacks (3)

Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a psychotherapy developed by the author, which can be applied to a number of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorder and panic attacks. It focuses on creating greater awareness and insight into internal and external communication patterns and making changes to them. This also helps gain insight into the basic parameters, the needs, values and aspirations which are important for motivation and the direction of changes, behaviors and interactions with oneself and others.

Keywords: anxiety, panic attacks, communication-focused therapy, CFT, communication, psychotherapy, treatment

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Anxiety (4)

Anxiety disorder can be very debilitating. Between 15% and 20% of the population may at any point in time be affected by anxiety. From a communication perspective there is much that can be done to help a person suffering from anxiety with the help of psychotherapy. At the same time, medication can be an important and fast acting support while psychotherapy is taking full effect. This article gives an overview of both, while focusing on communication-focused therapy in the treatment of anxiety.

Keywords: anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety, psychotherapy

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Treatment-Resistant Panic Attacks (1)

Abstract—Panic attacks interfere significantly with an individual’s life. They have biological, but also psychological and environmental causes. The best therapy is usually a combination of psychotherapy and medication. This article covers several options.

Index Terms—panic attacks, panic disorder, medication, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Haverkampf CJ Treatment-Resistant Panic Attacks J Psychiatry Psychotherapy Communication 2016 Jun 30 5(2) 45-68

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Pure ‘O’ OCD and Psychotherapy (2)

Abstract – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition in which people feel the need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly (‘rituals’), or have certain thoughts repeatedly. People are unable to control either the thoughts or the activities for any longer periods of time. Suppressing the behavior or thoughts often causes intense feelings of anxiety, tension, nervousness and fear. OCD is quite common, and it is mostly treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. There is some discussion as to whether categorizations of OCD into heterogeneous forms, including a pure obsessive form, make sense. However, there are common themes and mechanisms underlying any form of OCD.

Keywords: OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, communication, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Pure ‘O’ OCD and Psychotherapy (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf – psychotherapy series

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Self-Discovery (2)

Self-Discovery is an important element mental health and in pursuing ones needs, values and aspirations. It helps in building a stronger sense of self, which is helpful from a mental health perspective. It can help make decisions and reduce internal conflicts. Knowing more about own character traits and personality can also help make interactions with other people work better. Since internal and external communication is how individuals get their needs, values and aspirations met, better communication can raise the quality of life and work effectively against various mental health issues. When life is ‘out of sync’ with the own needs, values and aspirations, anxiety and other symptoms increase. Self-discovery is an important tool among communication-focused approaches to resolve the underlying causes of these symptoms.

Keywords: self-discovery, psychotherapy

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Self-Discovery (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf – life improvement series

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Psychiatry (2)

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. These include various abnormalities related to mood, behavior, cognition, and perceptions. Working on internal and external communication is a central focus in psychiatric treatment.

Keywords: psychiatry, psychotherapy, communication, medicine

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Psychiatry (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf – psychiatry series

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Social Anxiety (2)

This paper provides a brief overview of social anxiety and its treatment. There are several psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment options. Often, a combination of the two leads to superior results. Special emphasis is given to a communication-oriented approach. Since communication is the mechanism which is impaired, communication is also the instrument how the condition and the debilitating symptoms that come with it can be reversed.

Keywords: social anxiety, anxiety, treatment, communication, communication-focused therapy (CFT), CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Social Anxiety (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf – common mental health conditions series

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Changing Lives (2)

Changes in internal and external communication patterns are important to keep people adapted to their changing environments and to help them pursue their needs, values and aspirations in the world. Mental health problems are often a result if changes to internal or external communication patterns are impaired. From anxiety to depression and burnout, many of today’s severely debilitating conditions can be linked to fears and a reluctance to evolve and change. Removing these barriers can lead to large increases in the quality of life.

Keywords: life improvement, psychotherapy

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Changing Lives (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

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Healing Burnout (2)

Burnout can have a devastating effect on individual well-being and on a society as whole. Unfortunately, burnout develops gradually and most individuals suffering from it do not realize they have it until their job or relationship are in danger. Fears can make it difficult for an individual to seek the help that is often desperately needed.

Healing burnout consists of straight forward steps, which are also described in the author’s works on communication-focused therapy (CFT). The focus is on finding relevance and meaning again in various areas in life and in reconnecting emotionally and cognitively. Awareness of internal and external communication patterns is important to initiate the change in them which improves the interactions one has with the world and oneself.

Keywords: burnout, treatment, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Healing Burnout (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

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