Sometimes your immune system can turn against you and this causes things like rheumatoid arthritis. Your immune system is what protects you from biological threats so when it turns against you this is a bad thing. Your fear system is also designed to keep you safe. It does that by making sure that when there is a genuine threat you get away from it and so survive to live another day. But, what happens when your fear system turns against you.What does that look like? Well it looks like panic and anxiety. Fortunately there is treatment for autoimmune diseases and there is treatment for anxiety. Check out www.drpurves.online to find out more.
How to retrain your amygdala
A short while ago I listened to a snippet on the BBC Today program. Dr Liam Mason was interviewed about the role of CBT in retraining the brain in sufferers of psychosis. It was shown that CBT physically changes the brain.
There is robust research using brain imaging techniques showing the change in brain structure connections following CBT. In serious mental health problems like depression and schizophrenia (psychosis) there is of evidence of functional disconnectivity between brain structures that process facial and social emotional signals. This means that people who suffer these problems are more likely to misinterpret faces expressions and social situations as threatening.
This may sound trivial but in Schizophrenia, depression and in many anxiety disorders there is convincing evidence that many people have a bias that...
What physical habits do you have that when amplified can reveal something about your deeper unconscious processes? It is well known in psycho-therapeutic circles that the body holds onto emotional experiences in ways that you would not imagine it could. Stress is locked into the frown of the face. Tension is locked into the shoulders and traumatic experiences can be locked into body shapes or postures. In this video I explain a little more about how you can interrogate your habitual physical habits and why it might be important to do that.
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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...
Learn how your brain tricks you into thinking and doing all sorts of crazy stuff. You won't believe it.