Category Archives: Anxiety

Worry theory: Overcoming common thought traps

This century is characterized by high levels of anxiety (the normal automatic emotional response to perceived threat) and worry (a mental strategy to avoid danger). While anxiety and worry is normal, many people experience these in excess. Here follows a variety of common thought traps that prevent you from having a corrective learning experience about anxiety.  Continue reading Worry theory: Overcoming common thought traps

PTSD for beginners

1 in 10 persons develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after exposure to a traumatic incident. Traumatic incidents refer to episodes of witnessing or experiencing violence that threaten a human life or human dignity. There has been much speculation about COVID-19 and the traumatic experience some may experience because of it. It is important to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms that indicate that additional support could be beneficial to you. Continue reading PTSD for beginners

A spring clean for avoidance

 

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Overflowing cupboards?

I am sure every household has it: The cupboard where things get shoved into while you hold the rest of the contents back with another arm before you close the door with your foot. At any moment this cupboard could swing open and spill it contents on the floor – or worse, fall all over you. Avoidance of the linen or Tupperware cupboard, perhaps?

Sometimes our memories can be like this. Uncontrollable, they spill out whenever they feel like it. Painful. Perhaps even shameful. It’s easy to succumb to the temptation to avoid these feared memories, but is it helpful?

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