Thursday, October 6, 2016
OCD, panic, PTSD, and social anxiety are just like other common phobias.
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Exposure is the natural way people overcome fear of anything. Even the most primitive
animal organisms eventually habituate to uncomfortable stimuli through exposure. We all know people who have phobias--flying,
dogs, darkness, tall buildings. (I have a phobia of mice!) We know that people overcome these common fears just
by gradually getting closer to and spending more time in those feared situations in small baby steps. But those baby steps
eventually add up to a dramatic difference. OCD, social anxiety, and panic are no different from these phobias, except
it's harder to avoid thoughts, people, and travel. But it's the same thing and is equally treatable.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
How do I know I will get better?
4:30 pm edt
Practically anyone can do exposure therapy and
get rid of excessive anxiety. Exposure is the only therapy that is endorsed by all national anxiety organizations, whether
it is OCD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, panic disorder, PTSD, and phobias. If a therapist does not use exposure as their
main technique, they will not help you. It is not sufficient if they say they use CBT. CBT is a very general term
that includes dozens of techniques, including many that are not helpful to anxiety and some which will make it worse. Exposure
is a special CBT technique specifically for anxiety disorders.
Moreover, you've been doing exposure
your whole life and successfully overcome hundreds of fears. It's normal to be nervous or fearful in a new situation--the
first day at a new school or job, the first time you met your significant other, the first time you did a new activity. Yet
you overcame your initial fears by continuing to do the uncomfortable activity; that's exposure! Some have even become
sources of great joy---a new sport or career, a happy marriage, etc. (to be continued)
Sunday, September 7, 2014
New article on Wall Street Journal
Here's a follow up on an article I was quoted on 4 years ago. http://online.wsj.com/articles/where-are-new-yorks-bedbugs-now-1409337589.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Check out this article on HOCD on ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/homosexual-ocd-straight-men-fear-gay/story?id=22589452
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBT AND EXPOSURE THERAPY? Every therapist says they treat anxiety. Every therapist says (and
believes) they use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In fact very few do. There is only one therapy that eliminates anxiety
disorders. Its called Exposure Therapy. What is exposure therapy? Exposure is the only therapy that is endorsed by all
national anxiety organizations, whether it is OCD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, panic disorder, PTSD, and phobias. If a therapist
does not use exposure as their main technique, they will not help you. It is not sufficient if they say they use CBT. CBT
is a very general term that includes dozens of techniques, including many that are not helpful to anxiety and some which will
make it worse. Exposure is a special CBT technique specifically for anxiety disorders.
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Check out this PTSD article in NJ Monthly: http://digital.njmonthly.com/njmonthly/october_2013/m3/Page.action?pg=60
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Check out this OCD citation on my former client's web site: http://linniem52.hubpages.com/hub/ocdhelp
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Check out this new article about social anxiety http://www.recoveryview.com/2013/10/socially-phobic-extroverts-the-valedictorian-no-one-saw-alone/
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
See my article in Medical News Today
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Socially Phobic Extroverts: Part 2
These are red flags: Is
the child NEVER alone in public? Does she have
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many friends in school and many extracurricular activities, but never
invite a friend home. Does NO ONE
dislike him? Does he have so much to
say that he can't tolerate a pause? Does she never get angry or sad?
Does she do most of group projects
and avoid delegating? Does he resist
doing a solo task in class (hand out supplies, run in-school errands)?
Can he tolerate being wrong? Is
he the class clown? Is she NEVER with
unpopular classmates? Or, is she ALWAYS helping less social classmates.