Our not so realistic reality

The basis of any anxiety or panic problem is a personal belief about something that in reality is not true. Whatever your individual fear may be, the chances are that it is completely illogical and not at all rooted in real facts. Living a life based entirely on thoughts and feelings which we know don’t …

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To see ourselves as others see us

I don’t know about you but there have been times in my life when I have been acutely sensitive to the gaze of others. I am not immune even now, although I am better at managing how it makes me feel. Which is why I found this video interesting and I thought you might also. It shows how …

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How To Combat Anxiety

How to Combat Anxiety In the previous video I explained how a terrible event that may have no actual connection to you can increase your sense of threat. A feeling of threat, without an obvious tangible focus for the threat can cause anxiety. If you find that after Paris you are more anxious then you …

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After Paris does the world feel more dangerous and do you feel more anxious?

Terrible things do happen. Terrible things that happen without warning can make you feel more vulnerable and anxious. The media play and replay their footage, with comment and analysis. All of this can have the the effect of making the terrible event seem more likely to happen to you or the people you love. Your …

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CBT for Insomnia

An email from Peter prompted me to write this page about CBT and Insomnia for all of you who are struggling with sleep issues. Dear Dr Purves I’ve never been a brilliant sleeper but when I started working at a cinema when I was 16 and quickly got used to working late nights. I worked …

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CBT Therapy: Do you know your personal psychological space?

CBT Therapy: Personal Physical Space We are all aware of personal space. If someone stands too close to you it is uncomfortable, we may not be quite sure why…it just does. In the film below, as an example of personal space violations, I tell the story of some experiments where men are positioned too close …

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Clinical depression treatments: Your soul has a cold (Kokoro no Kaze)

Clinical depression treatments vary tremendously depending on where you live. This comes from the fact that attitudes to depression can be very different across the globe. Japan traditionally suffered twice the suicide rate of the USA. However, talking about depression in Japan had always been a very different matter from talking about it in Western …

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Botox as a depression treatment

When looking for a depression treatment you most likely don’t even consider Botox; that’s for lines and wrinkles, isn’t it? Well, Dermatologist Dr Eric Finzi has published a book arguing that how your face looks plays a role in how you feel. The connection between facial expression and emotion is not a new idea. Indeed …

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No one is immune from depression

A long line of objectively successful people have succumbed to low mood. The latest is actress Shobna Gulati who yesterday revealed she quit Coronation Street because of her battle with depression. She’s not alone. There have been many articles in the press over the last year featuring celebrities such as Frankie Sandford and Helen Flanagan  talking …

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