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Cognitive Restructuring: A CBT Technique for Social Anxiety

Cognitive Restructuring: A CBT Technique for Social Anxiety

Cognitive restructuring is a cognitive behavioral therapy technique to help you reduce social anxiety. Try this cognitive restructuring exercise for yourself.

Cognitive restructuring is one technique used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat social anxiety. Cognitive restructuring, sometimes called cognitive refocusing, entails identifying and challenging irrational thoughts that often lead to social anxiety symptoms.

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Social Anxiety Warps Our Perceptions of Peoples’ Intentions

Social Anxiety Warps Our Perceptions of Peoples’ Intentions

Social anxiety can make the world, and the people in it, seem mean-spirited, harsh, or even cruel. It’s not exactly news that living with anxiety can warp our perceptions of other people, especially their intentions toward us. For me, I judge others in a very negative light when I’m in the grip of a particularly bad episode of anxiety. I expect the worst from people, and am still often surprised when I don’t actually get it. That’s because most people are significantly nicer than my anxious brain’s perception would have me believe. The good news is, I’m getting better at remembering this while it’s happening.

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Anxiety Wants You in a Box: Getting Out and Staying Well

Anxiety Wants You in a Box: Getting Out and Staying Well

Anxiety likes to keep us in boxes. Little boxes, with four walls and a steady stream of same, same, similar, same. Don’t stray too far now. Don’t, should, must,... and after a while your mind stops using the windows, let alone the door.

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Anxiety: Why You Think You’re Crazy but Probably Aren’t

Anxiety: Why You Think You’re Crazy but Probably Aren’t

Feel free to question my emotional competence but I’m not insane. For that matter, most people with mental illness are not insane.

This may be obvious but for many it’s not. Anyway, how many times have you thought, ‘oh goodness, I must be really losing it this time’ during the course of mental health difficulties?
It’s a common concern that can dramatically increase the amount of anxiety a person experiences. It may also inhibit their ability to trust, and to ask for help.

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The Real Health Cost of Anxiety Disorders

The Real Health Cost of Anxiety Disorders

Happy is what brings healthy, and viceversa, so it can’t be that much of a surprise anxiety and depression have had some pretty rough consequences on my health; High blood pressure at 25, on-and-off flings with anemia, near-constant sleep deprivation.

I may as well have an imp bouncing up and down on my kidneys whilst someone tells my nervous system to pump out all the stress hormones its got, so I can feel normal, or at least prepared. Like a Girl Scout on crack. That’s PTSD hypervigilance for you.
It’s also that sometimes our bodies express what we are otherwise unwilling, or unable to say.

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Mental Illness and Other People’s Standards

Mental Illness and Other People’s Standards

On acceptance, anxiety and guilt

Life with mental illness isn’t always fun. Not just because I have a real illness, and that real illness really does affect my life but because some folks have trouble accepting this. I’m not entirely sure why except they don’t like the thought that someone with mental illness can “zomg, look just like them,” and still be quite unwell.

That’s the thing about invisible illness: Once revealed, people around you may feel conned, manipulated, lied to. Even though you’ve done nothing wrong.

Yeah, I’m guilty of being unwell in the general vicinity, of having mental health issues and having a life anyway. Sorry about that. Next time I’ll wear my “mentally interesting” t-shirt so you can detect the crazy, before it gets in your Coke.
*passes the tin-foil hat*

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Anxiety: Have You Ever Felt Safe?

Anxiety: Have You Ever Felt Safe?

Have you ever felt safe?

Maybe that seems like a stupid question, and if it does, consider yourself lucky is about all I can say. My therapist asked me something like it once, and I ended up triggered, taking a 20 minute tangent via Intellectuals ‘R Us to pick up a freakin’ clue.

Look hard enough at most things in modern life and they are pretty scary.

Panic: Life = risk?

Life = risk? Is that as good as things get?? Well, catastrophizing ever so slightly less, life = many things but in amongst them, inevitably, is an element of risk.

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What Do You Do When the Help Doesn’t Help? Anxiety

What Do You Do When the Help Doesn’t Help? Anxiety

  • What do you do if you feel stuck, helpless, hopeless, trapped, or in a crisis state?
  • What happens when the help you get isn’t enough, isn’t good enough, or just isn’t available at that time?

Treating anxiety: Life is more than a 50-minute slot

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Anxiety: The ‘Life is a Chessboard’ Trap

Anxiety: The ‘Life is a Chessboard’ Trap

Anxiety fills a room, even if it’s empty. Uncanny but it manages, almost every time. The claws in my head grow wings, sprout tentacles, take over: my room, the house, the neighbourhood, and soon entire nations… What?! Oh, wait.

Gradually, then all at once. That’s how this stuff works because of course at first I am only dimly aware of it. It’s not really an issue. The panic isn’t big enough I’m tripping over it. Yet.

Beyond black and white thinking

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I Don’t Need False Hope, or Fantasy: Mental Health Recovery

I Don’t Need False Hope, or Fantasy: Mental Health Recovery

Most days I feel like I’m breaking and entering -in search of a place I fit. A narcissistic fantasy? The inverse reflection of all the pain I’ve kept on ice… The parts of the story that are hoped for, soon forgotten, and incredibly unlikely to come true.

Living with anxiety: control?

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