A colleague at work recently remarked that I had a talent for keeping conversations positive (and therefore productive), even when meetings turned towards the negative. I thought, “Wow, do I have everyone fooled!” In reality, what goes on in my head, just like everyone else, is often in stark contrast to what I put out to the real world.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach, popularized by the work of Aaron T. Beck and Dr. David Burns. Cognitions are thoughts that trigger emotional and/or physiological responses. Maladaptive patterns of thought have the propensity to cause persistent anxiety and/or depression.
Today we provide a theoretical overview of emotional self-regulation. We review a series of approaches to help with the expression of emotions through dedication to emotional self-care planning, self-monitoring of emotional reactions to triggering environmental cues, and adherence to physical and emotional wellness.
Stress in cumulative throughout the day. If we do not keep our intra-personal and inter-personal engagement in check, the resulting sense of ‘dis-ease’ leaves us feeling overwhelmed. The negative thoughts, unproductive conversations, and situations we find ourselves in where we have no actual contribution, increases cortisol, and thus anxiety.
In today’s episode, we expand on work by Dr. David Burns as we explore common thinking fallacies we all, at one time or another, find ourselves using. In our previous three-part series on cognitive behavioural therapy skill building, we define frequently used distortions in every day thinking.
The research is clear: Thoughts (cognitions) are powerful. In fact, cognition is the most important factor in care planning for individuals with Major Depressive Disorder. Cognition also has a significant impact on motivation, especially motivation in athletes.
Perfectionism gets in the way of productivity, especially when creativity is an essential part of your work. Those who call themselves perfectionists undoubtedly disagree, instead seeing their approach as improving the work they do. In reality, struggling with perfectionism means that fewer projects are started and completed, resulting in an increased sense of failure.
Learn about the symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the best known techniques for mitigating the effects. The insidious nature of SAD means many are never properly diagnosed, thus leaving the individual stumbling through late autumn and winter with crippling dysphoric mood.
We dive into a short discussion on how to manage the flow of negative information. In the current political environment, it is easy to believe that what we consume, no matter now outrageous, only has entertainment value. On the show, we assert that a constant diet of news, radio, and mindless Facebook feed scrolling, over time drags you down.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has few limits in terms of where it can be applied. Traditionally, CBT was utilized as an augmenting tool in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. Early theorists noticed that those experiencing a dysphoric episode, expressed distinct patters in thought, separate from the general population.
In today’s episode, the first in a series about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, we discuss cognitive distortions as the antecedents to poor mood outcomes. It is understood that everyone participates in cognitive distortions at one level or another.