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CBT for Illness Anxiety Disorder

What is Illness Anxiety Disorder? Illness Anxiety Disorder, also commonly referred to as Hypochondriasis, describes an individual’s preoccupation and worry regarding their health. Typically, individuals suffering from this disorder will misinterpret normal bodily sensations or minor symptoms as signs of a severe illness, even in the absence of medical evidence to support the …

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Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists: What are the Differences?

Understanding the distinction between a psychologist, a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist can be confusing at times. While these mental health professionals do overlap in some areas, the focus of each of these professionals and the services they offer are vastly different. In order to receive effective mental health treatment, it is essential that …

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CBT for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD? PTSD is a serious and chronic anxiety disorder that typically follows exposure to stressful or life-threatening events. This mental health condition is characterized by intense, adverse thoughts and feelings associated with a traumatic event. What are the symptoms of PTSD? PTSD symptoms include: Intrusive thoughts (such as repeated flashbacks of …

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CBT for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder? Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by excessive worrying and feelings of anxiety that cause significant distress and/or interfere with daily life.  What are the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder? Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms include: Frequent worrying about a wide range of issues …

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CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder

What is Social Anxiety Disorder? Social Anxiety Disorder is a mental health disorder that is characterized by the fear of being negatively evaluated or perceived during social interactions and social situations involving evaluation. What are the symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder? Social interactions may cause the following psychological and physiological symptoms: Intense worrying …

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CBT for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What is OCD? OCD is a mental health disorder characterized by the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions that cause significant distress and/or impairment in functioning. Obsessions are recurrent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as intrusive and anxiety-provoking. Obsessions give rise to anxiety or distress and individuals are motivated to alleviate the …

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Treating Depression Using CBT

What is Depression? Depression is a mood disorder that is characterized by a variety of symptoms which may include some or all of the following: Persistent feelings of sadness Lack of interest in (or enjoyment from) previously enjoyed activities Concentration difficulties Sleep difficulties Fatigue Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt Significant and unintentional …

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Use Behavioural Experiments to change the unhelpful thinking patterns that are keeping you stuck.

We all have assumptions that guide our actions. In fact, we often make decisions and act in a manner related to these deeply held rules or assumptions without even realizing. Imagine how impactful negative assumptions could be on our lives? A socially anxious individual avoids initiating conversations with new people due to feeling …

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