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After speaking engagements, I am often asked for resources for people to use in furthering their knowledge of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Within the field of CBT, there are a wide variety of approaches; the approach I generally take comes from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known......

Mindfulness and Exposure: At Odds?

Patients often ask about the relationship of mindfulness and acceptance exercises and exposure therapy. I am an advocate of both, even though they can feel so opposite: acceptance exercises are about not striving in the face of anxiety, while exposure exercises are clearly a form......

Know Trigonometry

Is it important to you to be free from anxiety? There’s a curious maxim that I once heard, which says that one should “know trigonometry — the shortest distance between two points isn’t always a straight line.” In the case of being free from anxiety,......

Finding a therapist

I’m often asked how people can find good therapists that treat anxiety. Here’s how I go about trying to find possible referrals: 1) My first strategy is to find therapists who practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that is great for......

How to do “Pan-Exposures”

inIn OCD, contamination can magically spread from object to object, as I reviewed here. This magical propagation of contamination gives OCD tremendous power; but it is also provides half of the key to its undoing. The other half of the solution comes from how people......

The Magical Spread of Contamination

One of the most common themes in obsessive-compulsive disorder is the fear of contamination. If it were just a matter of thinking one particular thing is contaminated, then perhaps the OCD sufferer would be able to do without that particular thing and life would move......

Only Focus on Compulsions

An interesting study has been recently published by Twohig et al. comparing standard Exposure and Response Prevention to “cognitive restructuring” to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. If it sounds confusing, try reading all the tables and figures. At any rate, the idea behind the study (which......

Love, the One Thing Necessary?

We have positive psychology to thank for bringing the concept of virtue back into psychological discussions. Representatives of the movement define virtue as “a disposition to act, desire, and feel that involves the exercise of judgment and leads to a recognizable human excellence” (Oxford Handbook......

Aquinas, Adrenaline, and the Dangers of Antidepressants

A recent study in Neuropsychopharmacology by West et (2010 July; 35; 1653) has suggested a possible mechanism for the increase in suicidality, anxiety, and/or irritability sometimes seen when starting antidepressants. Using rats, the researchers measured the activity of the part of the brain that releases noradrenaline, called the locus ceruleus (LC), and correlated this activity with their behavior. In humans we observe that LC activity grows calmer when patients are successfully treated with antidepressants... (click title to read more)...

Am I addicted?

It is common for people to wonder whether they have an addiction or simply a bad habit. Perhaps it was the success of Alcoholics Anonymous in raising the culture's awareness of the power of addiction that led to a proliferation of new addictions: being a shopaholic, a chocoholic, a workaholic, and so on. The common thread is that, in each of these addictive conditions, the person feels an inner compulsion to shop or work or eat the chocolate. But is this inner "compulsion" really the same thing as being addicted? Curiously, it doesn't even enter into the definition......