What is common amongst anxiety-based disorders (e.g., social anxiety, OCD, panic disorder) is that it’s often caused by distorted, negative, critical, and biased ways of thinking. To be more specific, when you are feeling anxious your emotions are being influenced by what and how you think. This is the central principle and theory behind cognitive-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy. So, what’s the
When I was a young kid, my teachers would ask, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” I hated that question because I never really understood what it meant. Once I started working in the field of addictions and mental health, though, the logic behind the question became clearer. The question can be applied this way: Does the mental health issue (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD) cause the addiction? Or,
When we hear the word “relapse,” most of us think of addiction. However, it can also refer to a relapse of moods, such as depression and anxiety, and problem behaviours. For example, you can be in a good mood but suddenly relapse back into a state of unexplained sadness or depression. Or, you may have stopped an unhealthy behaviour, like smoking, but then relapsed after a few months of success. It’s important to reme
One of the first theories that highlighted the relationship between thoughts and moods was cognitive theory, or CT. This theory was created by Dr. Aaron Beck back in the 1970’s and focused on how people could change how they felt. Beck noticed that all his depressed patients had similarities in how they viewed themselves, their world, and their future. Specifically, he noticed that depressed people all had a maladapt
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