Smartphones, Depression, and Anxiety

There is increasing concern on the effects of smartphone use on mental health. Several researchers have highlighted associated problems, including the effects upon sleep (see previous article), depression, and anxiety. In fact, there are several papers that consider certain smartphone use to be an addictive behavior. At the same time, if you do a literature […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day Four: Not Checking

I cycled into work and locked my bike up. When I walked to the building elevator, going up to work, a thought crossed my mind. Thought: “Did I actually lock my bike?” Me: “I’m not sure, I don’t remember it at all.” Thought: “Remember that time you actually didn’t lock your bike? You should probably […]

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Anxiety Shorts: Rejection

One fear common to people with social anxiety is the fear of getting rejected. The thought of being told no, having a disagreement, or being in an awkward situation is just too painful. Because this fear is so prominent, many people with social anxiety become quite proficient at figuring things out independently. And yes, you […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day Three: Picking Up Litter

I was walking to facilitate a support group for OCD. On the way I figured it would be a great opportunity to conduct an exposure that might be relevant for contamination OCD. I don’t mean to over-generalize, but with contamination OCD the obsession often involves fear of becoming sick, and the compulsion can include a […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day Two: Smile!

When you’re walking around it can be easy to avoid looking at people, by using your phone or simply looking down. Seriously, next time you’re out take a look at how many people are looking at their phones when walking around. The problem is that if you have any social anxiety this can just reinforce […]

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Anxiety Shorts: The Exposure Lifestyle

You don’t just “beat” an anxiety disorder and never have to deal with it ever again. As you know, anxiety is not something that ever goes away. It’s a necessity to life. The difference is, when you successfully treat an anxiety disorder, the anxiety no longer interferes with your life or distresses you. It’s an […]

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