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Five types of OCD and how CBT can help
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Five types of OCD and how CBT can help

The World Bank and World Health Organisation both rank OCD as the tenth leading cause of disability and with around 36,000 people living with the condition in Wales alone, sufferers often seek out CBT techniques to help treat their thoughts and behaviours.

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How CBT can help overcome your relationship problems
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How CBT can help overcome your relationship problems

Most of us have our own idea of what an ideal relationship is. Some look at their parents’ or grandparents’ relationships, while others form their relationship ideals based on what they've seen in a movie, book or even what the media tells them about their favourite celebrity couple.

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Top five CBT tips to help deal with PTSD
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Top five CBT tips to help deal with PTSD

People suffering from PTSD typically tend to re-experience a traumatic event through nightmares, flashbacks and distressing recollections of the situation. Sufferers also experience emotional numbness and avoid trigger situations that remind them of their initial trauma.

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Efficacy awarded prestigious GHP award
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Efficacy awarded prestigious GHP award

Expert cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practitioners, Efficacy, are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Best CBT Therapy Service 2019’ by Global Health & Pharma (GHP).

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Five tips to help overcome depression
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Five tips to help overcome depression

According to the World Health Organisation, depression will be the second-leading cause of world disability by 2020. With January in full swing, commonly billed as the most depressing month of the year, it’s essential for sufferers of depression to equip themselves with useful tips on how to…

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Efficacy shortlisted for HSJ Partnership Awards
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Efficacy shortlisted for HSJ Partnership Awards

Nominated in the ‘Best Healthcare Provider Partnership’ category, expert cognitive behavioural therapists, Efficacy has been shortlisted as finalists for the prestigious HSJ Partnership Awards 2019. Taking place 20th March at London’s Park Plaza in Westminster, the HSJ Partnership Awards celebrate…

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Living With Bipolar and Manic Depression
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Living With Bipolar and Manic Depression

Bipolar disorder, sometimes known as manic depression, is a complex illness affecting between 1% and 5% of the population. People with the condition have problems with their moods, experiencing periods, or ‘episodes’, of extreme highs (mania), and usually periods of depression.

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10 Point Guide To A Healthy Relationship
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10 Point Guide To A Healthy Relationship

What makes for a healthy romantic relationship differs from couple to couple. Forming a trusting and positive partnership takes effort and time. And unfortunately, it doesn’t just happen overnight. For any relationship to grow strong and stay strong, you need to put in some work. Below are some…

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CBT and Brexit
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CBT and Brexit

Many people seem to be feeling an underlying sense of anxiety as the prospect of Brexit loom closer. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is chosen by NICE as the therapy of choice for Anxiety and Depression. A lot of us appear to be having a bit of a rough time at the moment, and it would be surprising if

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London CBT Therapists
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London CBT Therapists

All of our CBT therapists have been award with accreditation from the BABCP. As the largest and leading cognitive behavioural therapy service in London, we have the best CBT Therapists in London. We offer a rapid, discreet, affordable service which prioritises our clients and their needs.

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What causes anxiety?
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What causes anxiety?

Anxiety is caused by biological factors, learning experiences and your triggers to anxiety - stress can play a part in developing anxiety. Often our anxieties are learnt in childhood but they can develop in adulthood. Noticing anxious thoughts just before feeling anxiety will identify the cause.

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CBT Therapy for Addictions
CBT for Addictions

CBT Therapy for Addictions

Mirco Magi is Efficacy’s Senior CBT Therapist in London. For some, the use of alcohol and substances are an integral part of our society, and for 'controlling' anxiety and depression. Mirco is accredited in CBT and understands the role of alcohol and substances in maintaining depression and anxiety.

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GPs Recovery with CBT
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GPs Recovery with CBT

GPs are unable to access confidential care locally. We have treated 405 GPs with mental health problems over the last year; with CBT 85% are making a full recovery. The GPs were all suffering from common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Read more out the results here.

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James's Story of IBS Treatment with CBT
IBS Treatment with CBT

James's Story of IBS Treatment with CBT

A client describes his CBT treatment of IBS with our CBT Therapist. IBS can be unforgiving, affecting 1 in 7. Six months after treatment James Morton explains how he got better with CBT. He describes how IBS impacted his life, what he did to overcome IBS and the changes CBT had on his move to London

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OCD Recovered with CBT
OCD Treatment with CBT

OCD Recovered with CBT

Lucy Wallis writes for the BBC about Catherine Benfield's journey out of OCD. She recovered with CBT, but also helped by creating Olive the personification of her OCD. In the CBT treatment of OCD we often encourage clients to externalise their OCD experience, for these very reasons...

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Couple's Sex Therapy and 5 points how to improve
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Couple's Sex Therapy and 5 points how to improve

What’s happened to my libido? One of the common problems we see in cognitive behavioural therapy is dwindling or non-existent sex life or desire for a sex life. “We used to have sex all the time,” they often say, “but now once a month is a major event.” What are the reasons for this state and what…

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14 Top CBT Tips for Sleep
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14 Top CBT Tips for Sleep

As a CBT Therapist in London ‘sleeplessness’ is part of the majority of therapy talks I have with my clients. This is not because I see a lot of clients with sleep disorder but because feeling rested is essential to our overall well-being and because not being able to get a decent sleep can reveal…

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PTSD Treatment
PTSD Treatment

PTSD Treatment

We have expert CBT therapists that are effective in treating PTSD. CBT and EMDR are the treatment of choice for PTSD and complex PTSD. We have outstanding results for PTSD: measured on anxiety, depression, and Impact of Events Scale(r). You can benchmark our data across other CBT and EMDR services.

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Suicide: The Killer of Men
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Suicide: The Killer of Men

Suicide is currently the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, and men are nearly four times more likely than women to take their own life. And members of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance – 70 organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors – are calling upon men

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Schools sign up for Mindfulness
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Schools sign up for Mindfulness

It’s Wednesday morning and the children from year five at St John the Baptist primary school in Brighton are chatting noisily at their desks. A bell chimes and the chatter stops. Thirty children close their eyes and place a hand across their chest, breathing in and out slowly. It’s as if they’ve bee

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Teenage Anxiety Epidemic
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Teenage Anxiety Epidemic

More young women aged 16 to 24 than ever before are experiencing mental health problems according to a government study, Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, published last week. ‘Young women have become a key high-risk group,’ it said. The survey followed another recent study that found more than a…

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CBT and Post Natal Depression
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CBT and Post Natal Depression

Coping with a new baby The arrival of your first baby is supposed to be one of the happiest times in your life and the ultimate expression of the union of your relationship. However, I do see clients with post-natal depression for which CBT is the recommended therapy according to NICE. people feel…

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CBT and Dealing With Difficult Familiy
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CBT and Dealing With Difficult Familiy

I had an interesting experience with a client recently who came to see me for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London. I knew we had to address ‘relationship’ and how CBT could help, but it was not CBT for Couples we needed to talk about. The issue this client had was her relationship with her…

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Middle Aged Men And Suicide
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Middle Aged Men And Suicide

It has been a tragic few days for music fans. On Thursday, the lead singer of nu-metal band Linkin Park Chester Bennington was found dead at the age of 41 in his home in Los Angeles. Bennington died on the day that would have been his friend Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

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iCBT Proven to be Effective for Depression
CBT & Treatment of Depression

iCBT Proven to be Effective for Depression

Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT) delivered online is effective for treating depression in adults concludes a new meta-analysis presented at the Annual Meeting for the Psychiatric Association in the United States. CBT, a type of talk therapy, has been shown to be effective in treating depression…

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Frazzled Cafes
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Frazzled Cafes

In a bid to shake off the stigma around mental health, Marks and Spencer is planning to launch mental health ‘cafes’ where shoppers can talk about issues that are affecting them.

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Prolonged Exposure to Work Related Stress
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Prolonged Exposure to Work Related Stress

For men, prolonged exposure to work-related stress has been linked to an increased likelihood of lung, colon, rectal, and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This is the first study to assess the link between cancer and work-related stress perceived by men throughout their working life.

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What is Blue Monday?
CBT & Treatment of Depression

What is Blue Monday?

BILLED as the “most depressing day of the year” Blue Monday has struck bringing with it a dark cloud of doom. The party season is over and the endless late nights and booze-fuelled bashes have taken their toll and, apparently, today is the day that it all comes to a head.

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Social Browsing Christmas Depression
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Social Browsing Christmas Depression

Too much Facebook browsing at Christmas - and seeing all those "perfect" families and holiday photos - is more likely to make you miserable than festive, research suggests. A University of Copenhagen study suggests excessive use of social media can create feelings of envy. It particularly warns…

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Mental Health Relationships Key Happiness
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Mental Health Relationships Key Happiness

When we think about what causes humans to be miserable, the finger is often pointed at money problems and poverty as key catalysts. A study published this month by the London School of Economics (LSE), however, has found that these are not the two drivers of overall human misery: Mental and physical

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CBT offered women pms
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CBT offered women pms

Women experiencing premenstrual syndrome should routinely be offered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help them manage the symptoms, gynaecologists have said. Around 40% of women experience symptoms of PMS with around 5%-8% having severe symptoms. Physical symptoms can include swollen breasts…

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Beat-OCD-CBT
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Beat-OCD-CBT

The hard part wasn’t telling people I had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The hard part is dealing with it. Two years ago I wrote an article for a magazine about living with OCD and how my fear of the number three had started to take over my life. My friends all congratulated me, and my parents

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NHS Treat Mental Health Effectively
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NHS Treat Mental Health Effectively

It’s been an interesting few years for mental health; once seen as an ambiguous and silent range of problems that were kept out of the public perception, it has recently found its voice and received an unprecedented amount of attention. Numerous articles questioning the quality of treatment…

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Teenage Anxiety Epidemic
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Teenage Anxiety Epidemic

More young women aged 16 to 24 than ever before are experiencing mental health problems according to a government study, Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, published last week. ‘Young women have become a key high-risk group,’ it said. The survey followed another recent study that found more than a…

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Unhappy Relationships Increase Suicidal Thoughts
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Unhappy Relationships Increase Suicidal Thoughts

Being in a relationship does not necessarily, in itself, protect people from having suicidal thoughts. This is the finding of a recent study into the correlation between relationship status and suicidal thoughts conducted by scientists from MedUni Vienna's Institute of Social Medicine and the…

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Divorces Higher Holiday Season
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Divorces Higher Holiday Season

As British Summer enters its final stages, some interesting research has shed light on the pattern between time periods after holiday seasons and divorce rates. In short, Divorce is seasonal - with spikes following major holidays, researchers have found.

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Future Olympian Perfectionist
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Future Olympian Perfectionist

With the huge success of the British team in Rio, we thought it would be good to discuss how to utilise perfectionism; perfectionism can help aid in your successes without it becoming a disorder. Little perfectionism can be a good thing. It generates an image of a future we care about and the energy

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Fun Activities Cure Depression
CBT & Treatment of Depression

Fun Activities Cure Depression

Going out for dinner, learning to tap dance or seeing friends are all effective treatments for depression, according to recent research published in the Lancet. These activities even have a therapeutic name – behavioural activation. The research says it works as well as established treatments, such…

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Rita Ora CBT Zayn Malik Anxiety Confession
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Rita Ora CBT Zayn Malik Anxiety Confession

Rita Ora has praised Zayn Malik for opening up on his struggles with anxiety coming out to confess she struggles with the crippling condition herself: Earlier this year, Zayn admitted he suffers so badly from anxiety that he has been forced to cancel public performances – a recent example of which…

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Teenage Depression Soared 25 Years
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Teenage Depression Soared 25 Years

On most counts, young people's lives are improving. Drinking, smoking and drug-taking are down in the UK; teen pregnancies are at their lowest level for nearly half a century. Yet there is growing evidence that teens are in the grip of a mental-health crisis. It is as if, rather than acting out,…

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9-Ways-Support-Friend-Depression
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9-Ways-Support-Friend-Depression

1. Remember they’re still them Depression can seem to suck the personality from the happiest person to the extent you may think they’ve changed for good. But it’s important to remember that this the illness, not them. Underneath they still love pickled onion Monster, Munch, they still hate Game Of…

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Kim Cattrall Insomina Battle
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Kim Cattrall Insomina Battle

The former Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall has spoken of her struggle with the “tsunami” of chronic insomnia that forced her out of a starring role on the London stage. Cattrall, who had been due to take the title role in the Royal Court Theatre's production of Penelope Skinner’s play Linda last…

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London Mayor Bans Body Shaming Adverts
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London Mayor Bans Body Shaming Adverts

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has proposed a ban for the London Underground that prevents the display of adverts promoting unrealistic expectations of women’s body image and health. There’s certainly demand in London for a ban on body-shaming advertising. Last year, there was a phenomenal backlash against…

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Mental Health Music Industry

Fiona McGugan, general manager of the Music Manager’s Forum, reports on the increasingly vital role of the emotionally responsible manager in the industry. Life in the music industry is likely to take its toll on a person regardless of mental vulnerability. Being thrust into the spotlight can be…

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Benefit-Cuts-Link-Mental-Health

Fear of brown envelopes is now familiar to anyone unlucky enough to be acquainted with Britain’s benefits system. For Sharon Linford, who has rapid cycling bipolar, as well as depression and borderline personality disorder, receiving a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) last…

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CBT Children Care Denied Mental Health
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CBT Children Care Denied Mental Health

Children in care are too often missing out on treatment for mental health problems despite being four times more likely to experience them, say MPs. The Commons Education Committee says children fostered in England are sometimes denied treatment simply because they move placement too often. They…

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Eating Disorders Long Waiting Lists England
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Eating Disorders Long Waiting Lists England

People with eating disorders in England can wait for up to 182 days for mental health treatment, according to new NHS figures. The average waiting time for adults in England can vary from 20 to 182 days depending on the mental health trust, BBC Breakfast found after making freedom of information…

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Mindfulness Making Ill
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Mindfulness Making Ill

Mindfulness, the practice of sitting still and focusing on your breath and thoughts, has surged in popularity over the last few years, with a boom in apps, online courses, books and articles extolling its virtues. It can be done alone or with a guide (digital or human), and with so much…

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Beating-Sunday-Fear-CBT
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Beating-Sunday-Fear-CBT

Sunday fear – aka that rising feeling of doom you start to get around 4.30pm on a Sunday when you realise that the weekend is about to end and normal life is about to resume – is something that affects basically all of us (unless you’re one of the incredibly smug 0.1% of the population who loves…

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CBT Spring Cleaning Improve Mental Health
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CBT Spring Cleaning Improve Mental Health

A good clear out can help aid anxiety and other disorders: Seasonal cues can be prompts for good behaviour. However much you may loathe it, Valentine's Day reminds us to take a moment to appreciate the ones we love, and Mother’s Day to shower some affection on the wonderful women who gave birth to…

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Phone Making Depressed
CBT & Treatment of Depression

Phone Making Depressed

According to the Huffington Post, your iPhone may well be making you depressed. It's been estimated that the average mobile phone user checks a device 150 times a day, and nearly a third of smartphone users admit that they're addicted to their devices. Everyone knows that having your nose in your…

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10-Steps-Day-CBT
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10-Steps-Day-CBT

1. Rise early. It was this article about becoming an early riser that motivated me to make this significant change in my sleeping habits. And I’ve never looked back. Early mornings are quiet, peaceful, productive, energizing… and my favourite part of the day.

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Internet Browsing Worsen Panic Attacks
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Internet Browsing Worsen Panic Attacks

He placed the sandwich on the counter between us. I wiped my sweaty hand on my shirt and delved into my pocket for cash. The train rocked, I fell forward and head-butted the sandwich across the counter. I went to push myself up, but my palm slipped, and I butted the sandwich a second time. I could…

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Aiding-Exam-Stress-Asia
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Aiding-Exam-Stress-Asia

A recent article in the BBC discusses rituals used in Asia to combat exam stress, words by Jody-Lan Castle: Exams are a time of great stress. Especially in East Asia, where the pressure is on to achieve sky-high results. Here are some of the ways that exam-crazy students from across Asia ensure they

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CBT modern relationships failing
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CBT modern relationships failing

A new article written in MensXP explores the trials and tribulations of modern relationships (words by Ankush Buhuguna). For couples therapy call Efficacy today on 0207 929 7911. Why are relationships so hard today? Why do we fail at love every time, despite trying so hard? Why have humans suddenly…

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Critical Parents Adhd CBT
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Critical Parents Adhd CBT

An article in the Guardian explains that approximately two-thirds of children with ADHD will continue to experience some symptoms in adulthood. A new study has suggested that it depends on the child's relationship with their family. ADHD can affect everything from finding employment and developing…

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Addictions Behaviour CBT
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Addictions Behaviour CBT

With dry January finally behind us, our thoughts may turn to our relationship with alcohol and whether it is social or problematic. But addiction can go far beyond our relationship with substances like alcohol or drugs. Sometimes our behaviour suggests that we may operate as though we’re addicted to

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Efficacy CBT Lee Grant Featured Asos
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Efficacy CBT Lee Grant Featured Asos

Lee Grant, a Clinical Director at Efficacy, has been featured on the new ASOS article by Siam Goorwich. The article shares tips on how to maintain focus at work and Lee discusses the concept of task organisation, see below: First the worst: You know that rhyme, ‘First the worst, second the best,…

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Olly Years And Years CBT Mental Health Cuts
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Olly Years And Years CBT Mental Health Cuts

Olly Alexander, lead singer of the acclaimed band Years and Years was recently interviewed in The Guardian. He discusses his experience with mental health and the useful practice of CBT. Alexander is an award-winning actor and singer, but fame aside, his experiences will be familiar to all too many…

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8-Steps-Depression-CBT
CBT & Treatment of Depression

8-Steps-Depression-CBT

Depression is hard to live with, hard to explain and hard to understand if you have never suffered it before. These are the things to say that help: 1. You deserve help! Depression is a problem in that when you have it; you often think you deserve it. It's hard to imagine a time when life isn't…

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Phones Need Bed Mode To Protect Sleep CBT
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Phones Need Bed Mode To Protect Sleep CBT

Smartphones, tablets and e-readers should have an automatic "bedtime mode" that stops them disrupting people's sleep, says a leading doctor. Prof Paul Gringras argued the setting should filter out the blue light that delays the body clock and keeps people awake later into the evening. The Doctor,…

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Mental Health Equality High Profile Backing
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Mental Health Equality High Profile Backing

A campaign calling for an increase in funding for mental health services in England has been launched. Over 200 celebrities have backed the push for mental health to be treated as seriously as other illnesses. Comedian Frank Skinner, former footballer Ian Wright and presenter Graham Norton are also…

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World Mental Health Day
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World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day we want to share Ten Top Tips to Enhance Wellbeing with you. Why don’t you make it your objective to do at least three of these things today? Keep active – this increases your overall energy levels and enhances mood Maintain a structure to your day Recognise daily…

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CBT Insomnia Daily Mail
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CBT Insomnia Daily Mail

Libby Galvin for the Daily Mail: Apparently, we spend one-third of our lives asleep. Not me. Ever since I was a child, most of the time everyone else has spent getting their beauty sleep, I've spent tossing and turning, exasperated at my inability to do what should be so natural. Once I do finally…

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Feeling anxious? It's good to cry
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Feeling anxious? It's good to cry

A recent Guardian article has published statistics from a recent poll taken by Mind, the mental health charity. It states that one in five 18-34-year-olds admit to having cried in the past week because of anxiety, while four in five say they put on a brave face when anxious.

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