Breaking the Anxiety Cycle

                                In a previous post we talked about the 3-Component Model which explains how your thoughts-feelings-behaviors work together to increase anxiety. The next few posts are about actively addressing the three components to help lessen anxiety. That means going all…

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Emetophobia: Fear of Vomit or Vomiting

                          It’s flu season, which means for us it’s also emetophobia season.  Typically around this time is when we see an influx of patients who have a fear of vomiting.  Often it’s school-aged kids, but not infrequently we have adults with this issue…

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It’s the holidays! Why am I anxious?

                          Every year around this time my family looks forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, celebrating time with family and friends, the birth of Christ, and the hope associated with the beginning of a new year. While November through January are often…

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Thinking about Thinking: Mind Reading

                            “I just know he hates me.” “They all think I’m an idiot.” “She’s just doing that because she feels sorry for me, not because we’re friends.” “He using me because he thinks I have money.” When we examine metacognitions, one we…

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Thinking about Thinking: Emotional Reasoning

                          As we continue thinking about thinking, let’s examine emotional reasoning: “Thinking something must be true because you “feel” (actually believe) it so strongly, ignoring or discounting evidence to the contrary.” This is a common thinking pattern we often see with phobias.  For…

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Thinking about Thinking: Overview

                            In the next few blogs, we’re going to examine a few cognitive approaches that people often utilize but are actually detrimental to their lives.  Here’s a few examples of these ways of thinking: “I never do anything right, and even if…

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My Anxiety is on Autopilot

You’ve probably had the experience of hopping in your car and suddenly you are at home without realizing how you got there. We call this autopilot and it’s kind of a surreal feeling. Rather than taking the autopilot route home could you have: evaluated traffic for a more efficient route? observed the scenery along your…

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Intentional use of Relaxation

Before we ease into relaxation mode, lets recap some basic anxiety information. When you feel anxious, it often means there is a perceived danger which leads to a  thought/feeling/behavior cycle known as the “3-Component Model”. Relaxation techniques are tools, not solutions Relaxation affects the feeling component (physical or emotional). Remember that relaxation is not a…

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