Is Anxiety the New Accessory?

How many times do you hear people say they are anxious, claustrophobic, can’t deal with crowds, are deathly afraid of birds (okay, that might be a rare one), are insomniacs, or can’t handle stress. Well, fair enough, these are all part of the human experience actually. So why are we so quick to label it as abnormal or disordered or make flippant remarks like, “I am so OCD!” Anxiety disorders are real and to be taken seriously but not all experiences of anxiety, stress or worry are evidence of a diagnosable illness. How can you tell which is which? Anxiety disorders are characterised by an excessive, unwarranted fear that usually leads to extreme avoidance behaviours and other harmful coping

All emotions serve a useful function, even the ‘bad’ ones

Just like the depiction of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ characters in classic fairytales, we tend to have overly simplistic views about emotions: happiness is “the Princess” and fear, anger and sadness are the “Evil Stepsisters”. Is it fair or even accurate for certain emotions to get such a bad rap? The fact is, all of our emotions, even the uncomfortable and distressing ones, serve a useful function, otherwise evolution would have stamped them out already! All of our emotions have three important purposes: to communicate to you, to communicate to others, and to motivate you to act. Emotions are not ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘positive’ or ‘negative’; they are functional or dysfunctional. Fear, for instance,

Dispelling 3 Common Misconceptions about Psychologists

Therapy can assist anyone who is willing to take the very brave steps of acknowledging their difficulties, of placing their trust in a mental health professional, and of actively participating in the process of therapy. Just like for a physical health problem, early intervention for a mental health problem can prevent more severe difficulties in the future. Many people wait years before seeking help and only a small percentage ever see a mental health professional. Part of the reluctance to seek professional help is due to misconceptions about psychologists and psychological treatment. So let’s clear them up: Psychologists just listen while you lay on a couch and talk: Some psychologists do

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