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Active Body, Healthy Mind.

Active Body, Healthy Mind.

We all know that exercise is good for us. Exercise means we live longer and suffer from less physical illness. That is an established fact. What is less well understood is that exercise is also a boost to your mind. Exercise is great for your mental health too. Vigorous exercise for at least half an hour three times a week can be just as effective as an antidepressant or a talking therapy for people who...

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Caffeine and Panic Attacks.

Caffeine and Panic Attacks.

Panic attacks are probably the most distressing form of anxiety.  Panic attacks often appear from nowhere, and for no apparent reason, leaving the client feeling vulnerable in the face of their unpredictable nature. For anyone who has experienced a panic attack, they will know how intense and frightening such attacks can be.  Central to the psychological process of panic attacks is what we call the ‘catastrophic misinterpretation’.  For many people who experience panic, they misinterpret...

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Panic Attack Symptoms.

Panic Attack Symptoms.

Around one in ten people have experienced a panic attack at some point in their lives.  I remember experiencing one when I was travelling around India one winter.  I suppose I was feeling a bit home sick and I was reflecting on being so far away from home.  Suddenly my heart started to race and I felt faint.  My anxiety levels shot through the roof and I was terrified. Fortunately I knew what a panic...

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Types of Obsessive Thinking and OCD

Types of Obsessive Thinking and OCD

Obsessive thinking is part of the human condition. I have to be really careful if I go on holiday because I always think I’ve left the front door unlocked. Rather than face a fortnight of worry, I’ve even asked the taxi driver to come home so I can check. These days I double and even treble check to keep my mind at ease. For people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), these intrusive obsessive thoughts and...

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The Core of Social Anxiety.

The Core of Social Anxiety.

One of the first things I learnt training to be a therapist, was that we all experience social anxiety.  Up until that point I had thought it was just me! Looking at it from an evolutionary point of view it makes sense.  For most of our evolutionary history we lived in small familiar groups.  Strangers usually meant danger.  Furthermore, assuming a dominant position over strangers (like we do when public speaking) might usually be expected...

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