Treatment of Psychosis and Schizophrenia (1)

Psychosis, and particularly in the form of schizophrenia, is often seen as a serious life altering condition. However, in clinical practice many patients can attain remission or at least substantial remission, which enables them to lead the personal and professional lives they want. While medication plays a significant role, particularly in the acute stages and their aftermath, psychotherapy and social support gain additional prominence in relapse prevention over the long-term. They are also indicated in patients who may not have had a full psychotic episode yet but are at greater risk for one. Work on internal and external communication patterns has shown in individual cases to be very helpful as a psychotherapeutic approach to support the patient in fulfilling own needs and aspirations, while increasing treatment compliance and the overall quality of life. Communication-Focused Therapy®, as developed by the author, offers a theoretical framework and an extensive toolset for this approach to treatment.

Keywords: psychosis, schizophrenia, psychotherapy, Communication-Focused Therapy®, CFT®, medication, psychiatry

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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 severely reduce the individual quality of life. ADHD begins in childhood, but often is not recognized or diagnosed before adulthood. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention often continue.
Treatment for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD, consisting of medication, psychological counseling (psychotherapy) and several supportive approaches. This article gives a brief overview of current approaches and Communication-Focused Therapy® as developed by the author.

Keywords: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, Communication-Focused Therapy®, CFT®, diagnosis, treatment, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder (2)

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 autoregulatory instruments, also in the psychotherapeutic process, to promote mental health. If interpersonal communication is interfered with by anxiety, these processes can no longer work effectively. As the individual withdraws further, the capabilities for needs fulfilment and autoregulation decline further.
Focusing on interpersonal and intrapersonal communication patterns can help to reverse the vicious cycle of social anxiety. Communication-Focused Therapy® (CFT®) provides a toolset, methodological and theoretical framework to facilitate the awareness for individual communication patterns and the interventions to improve them in line with the patient’s needs, values and aspirations.

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

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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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