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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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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Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) for PTSD (2)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a relatively common disorder resulting from very different traumatic events or situations. A trauma represents information which cannot be processed by the organism in a way that is fully self-healing in the short-term. It causes a disturbance to internal communication systems which affects the internal and communication patterns a person uses. These change communication patterns can lead to various symptoms, if they are maladaptive. Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a psychotherapy developed by the author, which can be applied to several mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Keywords: PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, communication-focused therapy, CFT, communication, psychotherapy, treatment

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Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) for PTSD (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

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Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (2)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition that comes with emotional instability, particularly after interpersonal events. Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a psychotherapy developed by the author, which can be applied to several mental health conditions, including borderline personality disorder. The focus is on a change in internal and external communication patterns through observing, awareness, experimentation and insight. Insight into the basic parameters, including needs, values and aspirations, can help the patient to make better decisions and feel more stable in the long-run.

Keywords: borderline personality disorder, BPD, communication-focused therapy, CFT, communication, psychotherapy, treatment

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Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

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Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) for ADHD (2)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often treated mainly or exclusively with medication. However, psychotherapy should have an important place in the treatment of ADHD and may in lighter forms be the only therapy needed. Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a psychotherapy developed by the author, which can be applied to several mental health conditions, including attention deficit disorder (ADHD). The focus is on the internal and external communication patterns the patient uses and on his or her basic parameters, the values, needs and aspirations. With awareness, reflection and experimentation these factors can be very helpful in a psychotherapeutic approach to treat ADHD.

Keywords: ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, communication-focused therapy, CFT, communication, psychotherapy, treatment

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Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) for ADHD (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

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Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Anxiety and Panic Attacks (2)

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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Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Anxiety and Panic Attacks (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

Bipolar Disorder and Medication (2)

Bipolar disorder is a condition affecting an individual’s affective states (mood). The different flavors of bipolar disorder have in common that there are alterations in mood between above ‘normal’ (hypomania, mania) and normal or below normal (melancholia, depression). The other important mood disorders are the various types of depression, while mania without episodes of depressions is a rarity. The first line treatment of choice in cases of bipolar disorder is medication. However, in the long run psychotherapy has shown to be successful in making the condition more manageable for individuals suffering from it. This article presents the different types of medication used for bipolar disorder.

Keywords: bipolar disorder, medication, therapy

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Off-Label Medications May Help Patients With Cannabis Use Disorder

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. Social and policy trends, as reflected in national surveys and state legislation, demonstrate increasing acceptance and use of cannabis with decreasing perception of harm, which may lead to an increased occurrence of cannabis use disorder. As with other substance use disorders, cannabis use disorder commonly co-occurs with non-substance-related psychiatric disorders, putting all psychiatrists at the frontlines to identify and treat patients with this disorder.

There are no FDA-approved medications for the treatment of cannabis use disorder, and few individuals who receive behavioral interventions are able to achieve sustained abstinence (Gates et al., 2016). However, several clinical trials in adults provide evidence for the off-label use of medications in the treatment of the disorder.

The current strategies for the off-label treatment of cannabis use disorder target withdrawal symptoms, aim to initiate abstinence and prevent relapse or reduce use, and treat psychiatric comorbidity and symptoms that may contribute to cannabis use. Here, we focus on the evidence supporting these key strategies. …

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