Does Screen Time Affect Children’s Sleep?

A few days ago, the BBC published an article called “Children’s screen time has little effect on sleep, says study”. If you have read any of my other articles, you’ll know that this statement contrasts with a lot of the research done to date. I thought I’d take a look at the study and break […]

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What is Cognitive Therapy?

Many people have heard about a type of treatment used for various mental health issues, called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It is the most research-supported treatment for mental health. But CBT has 2 parts. The “C” and the “B”. I mostly write about the behavioral parts (the “B”) of treatments on this blog – Things that […]

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Does Cognitive Therapy Enhance Exposure Therapy?

A neat study was published recently exploring this topic. In the OCD literature, research has typically compared exposure response prevention (ERP) treatment to cognitive therapy (CT). Both are shown to be effective, but the literature is larger for ERP interventions. However, what about combining them? Here’s the reference: Rector, N. A., Richter, M. A., Katz, […]

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Exposure Lifestyle Day Five: Water

I was parked on the side of a road so my wife could breastfeed. She quickly let me know she needed water and that I should go get some. I begrudgingly agreed because we were not near any shops that would usually give out water. Across the road was a random skincare company. Now, it’s […]

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Spoiling Compulsions

OCD can be really tough to treat. On average, people don’t come to treatment for 7 years after the onset of symptoms. That’s a ton of time for the disorder to take a strong grip on someone’s life. OCD involves obsessive thoughts, things that pop into a person’s mind and won’t leave. Often, these thoughts […]

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Anxiety Shorts: The Three Houses Rule

It’s been a while since I last posted because my wife just had a baby! We’re super excited!!!!!!! Now the dust has settled, I’m going to be back writing again. This article is a follow-up to my exposure lifestyle article on checking. Often in exposure therapy, many therapists do hypothesis testing exposures. This is where […]

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