It's easy to fail to recognize what our real problem is because we are busy looking at the the bigger, wider problem. In this video I explore the issues of small un-noticed problems that prevent bigger problems from being solved.
This really bites when I meet someone who has been stuck with a problem for over 20 years when in reality it can be solved! And without too much bother!
Anxiety or depression might be the problems you identify in yourself but these are merely consequences of deeper problems. Things like negative thinking, Catastrophizing and using irrational thought processes; being self critical, judgmental and using false control strategies. However these are only the more visible consequences of even deeper processes. And it is these that you must work on to have a happy and satisfying life. These 3rd level processes are simply so commonplace that you can fail to notice then. But when you manage these all of the seemingly big problems just fade away. It seems to me that this is the place to put your attention and make the changes that will enhance your life.
This video explains the 3 levels and shows you where you really need to put your attention.
I was pleased and a little surprised to learn that I have 456 videos on You Tube now. So I went way back and pulled this from the archive. The information it contains is so profound it could almost be classified as a secret of life. If you struggle with panic, anxiety, depression or stress you really do need to watch this. Or, if you feel like a secret of life might be useful today check it out.
Anxiety is the feeling of inappropriate fear. You MUST push back against this if you want to put fear back in it's box and be able to expand your life to take all the possibilities that actually exist for you. It is as simple as that. So don't make decisions based on inappropriate fear. Expand your comfort zone and keep pushing it until you are comfortable out there in the wider world.
Check out this video and get the bigger picture.
The transcript of the video is here, if you prefer to read.
Yesterday, I had a very busy clinical day but nice day in a way because I discharged three clients. One was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and that took six sessions to resolve, one was struggling with severe anxiety and depression and that took eight sessions resolved and one was struggling with severe anxiety and moderate depression and that took seven sessions to resolve. And those sessions were spread out normally over about three months because of holidays and work arrangement all sorts of other kinds of things. Now, those in my opinion are fairly typical outcomes for a competent cognitive behavior therapists, clinical psychologist, counseling psychologist.
The cost of that treatment on average is between £750 and £900 depending on who's paying the bill. So, a clinically effective...
I am seeing a lot of evidence at the moment that supports the view that if you have a mental health problem then you ought to invest in your own recovery. The ‘system’ will not necessarily look after you.
In the UK the annual number of prescriptions for drugs to treat depression and anxiety has almost doubled in 10 years to over 70 million. If this means something to you, please take a moment to reflect on that figure. I have witnessed this happening and I have been preaching about it for over 20 years. I think the crucial points are that first, antidepressants and anxiolytics are not a treatment for depression and anxiety as they do not ‘cure’ these problems, they only help manage them. That is a profound truth. You may not know this and you may expect that when you are given a prescription for these that you are being given something that is akin to an antibiotic, you will experience a cure. You are not and you may not. The antidepressants are...
There is hope and here it is.
I can't compete with big pharma. But I don't need to. I only need to tell this story to those who want to learn how to be happy, healthy and free from anxiety and depression.
Many people seem skeptical that they have the ability to help themselves out of the common mental health problems such as panic, anxiety and depression without a drug or a course of (hard to get) Face to face therapy. I have proven that it is possible. Here is the evidence. It's a longish video but then it's a big story.
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I know it seems like a curious thing to say but nevertheless here it is. Each day you live you are practicing the process of living as you lived yesterday. Yesterday is a blueprint or a pattern for the next day, and so on. It seems very unlikely that tomorrow will be so drastically different from today that you go WOW…I didn’t see that coming. When that does happen it’s either because of a holiday or some other (maybe) planned experience or it’s because of an accident. Which by definition you didn’t see coming.
So each day is a practice run for tomorrow. Here is the million-dollar question. Is today how you want it to be? If so brilliant; tomorrow will also, more than likely, be how you want it to be. If, however your today is not how you want it to be then you have only two options. The first is to simply accept this and make the best of it. Which I have to say is what most people seem to do. The other option is to change your day, today, and so...
Once you accept that computer based CBT is as face to face CBT in treating depression and anxiety then you have no excuses that stand up to scrutiny for allowing these life sapping problems to remain in your life. You need some additional knowledge and that comes from The computer based CBT course but that's almost all you need. The final bit of what you need is revealed in the third video of this 3 part series.
Learn how your brain tricks you into thinking and doing all sorts of crazy stuff. You won't believe it.