Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Blog - Archive for 2016

Social Browsing Christmas Depression
CBT & Treatment of Depression

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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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

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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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
CBT for Couples

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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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
CBT & Treatment of Depression

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
CBT & Treatment of Depression

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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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

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
CBT for Couples

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
CBT for Addictions

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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