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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How To Know When Stress Is Helpful

Most people have had a time when they feel high levels of stress. It might be caused by exam time, going through a divorce, moving house, or any number of things. But what is stress? About Stress Stress is a response to some strain in your life, involving physical symptoms, emotional reactions, and behavioral changes. […]

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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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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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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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