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What kind of therapy do I need?

The below excerpt was originally voiced to Psychology Today in 2009, but is still very helpful today!  The question below was posed to Judith Beck, Ph.D., an authority on cognitive behavioral therapy.  It’s so concise and helpful that I’ll include the entire answer here:

What is one pearl of wisdom you would offer clients about therapy?

Dr. Beck said, “All psychotherapy is not the same! One particular form, cognitive therapy (also known as cognitive behavioral therapy) has several hundred research studies demonstrating its efficacy for the range of psychiatric disorders, psychological problems, and many medical conditions with psychological components No other psychotherapy has been validated by so much research. If I had a medical problem, such as trouble breathing, I would go to my doctor and ask for the treatment that research has shown to be the most effective. The same should hold true for emotional problems.”

It is an unfortunate problem for the field of mental health that getting research-based treatments widely available has been a challenge.  However, by being an informed consumer not averse to some research of your own, you can make the right choice for you. research

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OCD treatment that works

“CBT, accompanied by medication, is the only treatment for OCD that is supported by scientific evidence.  At this time, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of treatments such as hypnosis, Continued…

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Multitasking and distraction

“In a time where no one seems to have enough time, our devices allow us to be many places at once — but at the cost of being unable to fully inhabit the place where we actually want to be. Mindfulness says we can Continued…

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Mindfulness and OCD

As mindfulness-based treatments gain currency in mental health treatment, many people wonder how many types of problems it can address.  Research shows us that it can be helpful in the treatment of chronic pain, worry, stress and other difficulties; why not try it for other problems? While this is not a bad idea on its face, it is important to know whether clinical research suggests it can help for Continued…

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Be an Informed Consumer!

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to  the relationships between the healthcare and  pharmaceutical industries. Has the pharmaceutical industry been influencing the treatment of depression and anxiety?  The use of prescription medication in the United States is higher than in other industrialized nations.  What do the complicated relationships between these industries mean for those seeking help for anxiety or depression? To learn more, read the entire piece at

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The virtues of a focused mind

Many people with a form of anxiety characterized by overworrying find that they spend an excessive amount of time pondering either the future or the past.  New research published this month in Science suggests that doing so worsens our mood.  Does this very human tendency to Continued…

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The Psychology of Hoarding

By special guest writer, Allison Gamble

Many people find it difficult to understand what goes on in the mind of a hoarder. Most people can look at a broken appliance and throw it away without a second thought. To a hoarder, however, throwing away that broken appliance is an unthinkable as throwing Continued…

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Could I really stab someone with a knife?

Obsessions involving violence are common among persons with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Sometimes these obsessions are referred to as “harm OCD.”  Often, these obsessions start innocently enough with a fleeting thought — e.g., “Hey, there’s a big steak knife on the kitchen table — it sure would be horrible if I were to stab someone with it…” For many people, this thought will come and go without creating any kind of emotional upset. However, Continued…

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New meditation and genetics research – The Shamatha Project

Stress is unavoidable.  However, we handle stress is often within our control.  There are good ways and bad ways to handle stress, and meditation is considered a healthy stress reduction strategy.

To lower our stress levels, we can either reduce the number of stressors in our lives or we can try to reduce the effect of these stressors.  Research suggests that meditation helps us reduce stress by limiting the extent to which each stressor bothers us. As a result, our overall stress Continued…

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OCD research study

If you are interested in receiving Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy for OCD but cannot get to a therapist, you might consider participating in the following research study:

The project is conducted through the psychology department of Drexel University in Philadelphia.  The project investigates ERP as delivered via Skype.

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