Contents tagged with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Sleep Part 5 – How to improve sleep

    By Pete & Anna

     

     

    So to recap, we’ve talked about what sleep is and why we do it. We thought about how much sleep we’re supposed to get, sleep difficulties and the things that can get in the way of our sleep. Now we’re going to focus on the things you can do to improve sleep.

    We’ve split this section into two – the things you can do to promote your own sleep and the things that you could do to support others to sleep.

     

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  • Step by Step 3 - The Friends and Family Test

    Steps to Improving the Present Moment

    Little by little, step by step

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    Dr Nicole Stokoe

     

    The Friends and Family Test

     

     

     

    How do you talk to yourself? When you are commenting quietly in your mind about the things you have done, the conversations you have had, the way you look and the way you are as a person. What are you saying to yourself? How are you talking to yourself? What is the tone of voice that is used?

    The way we talk to ourselves, …

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Anxiety

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is regarded as an anxiety disorder and can be very debilitating. OCD is relatively common; here in the United Kingdom current estimates suggest that 1.2% of the population will have OCD, which equates to 12 out of every 1000 people.

    Do I have OCD?

    The condition has two main parts: obsessions and compulsions.

    Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, images, urges or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind. Common examples include thinking that you …

  • Panic

      Panic, Stress, Anxiety, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Fear, Panic Attacks

    Panic and anxiety are something that everyone experiences at certain times in their life, particularly in response to stressful situations such as exams. However, some people experience panic, stress and anxiety regularly, at any time and may be classed as a panic disorder.

    Is what I am experiencing panic?

    A panic attack occurs when your body experiences intense physical and mental symptoms. These include:

    Overwhelming sense of fear

    Sweating

    Difficulty breathing

    Nausea …

  • Trauma / PTSD

      Trauma, PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR

    If you have experienced something traumatic whether it be in the past or more recently, you may be struggling with upsetting memories, emotions or feeling a constant sense of danger. When bad things happen, it can be difficult to overcome them however, with the right support it is possible to move forward whatever the trauma and whenever it happened. 

    What is classed as a ‘trauma’ is very individual but examples might be witnessing or being in an accident, a natural disaster, …

  • Social anxiety and discomfort

      Social anxiety, stress, social situations, relationship difficulties, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    Social anxiety is sometimes also called social phobia and involves feeling scared or anxious about social situations and being around other people, especially people you don’t know.  It is one of the most common anxiety disorders and is much more than just “shyness.” People with social anxiety tend to experience intense fear when faced with social situations such as talking on the phone, meeting friends in a public place or starting conversations. 

    It is generally …

  • Low Mood and Depression

      Depression, Low Mood, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT

    We have all felt low in mood at times. Often this is a very normal reaction to a set of difficult circumstances for example difficulties in a relationship, difficulties at work or loss of a friend or family member. When the situation changes, your mood changes to reflect how you feel in a normal and natural response to this change. However, for some people this low mood can continue for a long time, it stays low regardless of the situation or occasion, it starts to taint and prevent enjoyment …

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME, CFS, tiredness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, pacing, relaxation, Graded Exercise Therapy

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a serious condition causing persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that does not go away with rest or sleep.  It is also referred to as ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), which means muscle pain (myalgia) and a condition that affects brain function (encephalopathy). 

    It is estimated that around 250,000 people in the UK have CFS. Anyone can get CFS, although it is more common in women than men.  Most cases of CFS are mild or moderate, but up to one in …

  • Anxiety/worry

      Anxiety, worry, stress, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT

    We have all felt worried, stressed and anxious at points in our lives. This can be a very normal and expected feeling in response to a difficult situation such as doing something for the first time, meeting new people or going into a pressured situation such as an exam, job interview or performance.  However, sometimes we may find ourselves starting to worry and feel anxious even when there are no obvious reasons to feel worried. We may find ourselves starting to worry far more than the …

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

      Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis

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    What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

    Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which explores how a person’s cognitive processes ( …

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