Repetitive negative thoughts are not nice things to have, but you may be forgiven for believing that was the extent of it. However, psychological things are never quite that simple. We know for instance that one of the main characteristics of depression is rumination, which is just a technical word for repetitive negative thinking. We also know that negative thinking has a role in stress and anxiety.
Research has suggested a linkage of psychological factors, such as depression and anxiety with Alzheimer’s disease. This poses the question of how does depression and anxiety become a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease? New research suggests it is through repetitive negative thinking, and in particular, processes of rumination — repeatedly thinking about the past — and worry, being concerned about the future.
A recent study measured 360 participants’ repetitive negative thinking, depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline levels for...
Depression has the ability to capture your attention and to create, develop and nurture internal reality stories that are both depressing and entirely fictional. Learn what I dream about and see why the process of dreaming has some similarity to depression.
Two questions answered in one video.
Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. I am putting out a video each day ending with a Q & A on Sunday 24th May, in The Mental Health Wizard FB Group. Today I am putting my flag in the ground and changing the narrative from one of management (which I think is very poor) to eradication (which I think has much more power). Please leave comments and share as widely as you can.
Well here goes! This is the soft official launch day of www.anxietywizard4nhs.co.uk. I have taken the Anxiety Wizard program and put it onto a completely fresh site and system. It is now available to any NHS worker for free forever. No information other than email is collected, for login purposes. There is no marketing, there is no retaining of any information about the individual. It is fully private. Any worker can access it on any device. This is my way of saying thank you to the NHS for everything they do. Also, because you support me in what we do, this is in tribute to all of you for the contribution you have made to support Anxiety Wizard and the benefits it can bring. Please share widely. Let's get the word out. Thank you!
If you have an NHS email you can join now.
The thing that no one says is this:- No one needs to be anxious!
Anxiety is completely unnecessary. No one needs to suffer from anxiety. Likewise panic, depression and stress are also unnecessary.
I do appreciate that you are where you are and it may not seem that helpful for me to say this to you. But, I am stating this fact because I want you to take action and remove the terrible burdens of anxiety, panic, depression from your life.
There are 3 powerful forces that keep anxiety in place.
1. The belief that somehow your anxiety is legitimate, valid or destined to be yours.
2. The habit of years of practice, learning how to be anxious and developing a set of personal tools that create and maintain your anxiety.
3. The lack of an alternative set of tools to reduce and ultimately eliminate anxiety.
That's it really.
There is a well understood set of processes that contribute to the therapeutic success of CBT. I saw this list and thought I would share it with you.
Borrowed from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
1. Change your thoughts and you change your behaviour and most importantly how you feel.
2. Homework reinforces and develops the new skills learnt in CBT.
3. Need to pinpoint the problem: You need to understand what you are actually working on.
4. Action: When you take action you get results. When you don't take action nothing much changes.
5. Goals: Setting firm and attractive goals draws you into a better future.
6. Evidence: CBT is the most powerful talking therapy, which is why it is recommended by NICE.
7. View: When you look at things from a different viewpoint you see things differently, and this is powerful.
8. I can do it: Self Help CBT gives you all the tools but without a face to face therapist teaching...
Dr Purves gives you a walk through of The Anxiety Wizard Program.
If you can recognise things like worry, catastrophising, being self critical, being overly concerned about physical symptoms, negative thinking, feeling like you have lost emotional control or just trying to avoid so much that life is becoming too restricted. Then your brain is creating anxiety and probably depression. That's why you might be seeking reassurance a lot of the time.
If you do nothing then nothing will change. If you work through Anxiety Wizard so much will change that you will kick yourself that you tolerated panic, anxiety, depression or stress for as long as you did.
I hope you watched the Facebook Live last Thursday where I said that anxiety was totally unnecessary. This is absolutely true. But now is your chance to make it a reality for you.
Learn how your brain tricks you into thinking and doing all sorts of crazy stuff. You won't believe it.