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telling your emotions apart
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Telling your emotions apart

  Emotion differentiation Article summary – People who are able to verbally characterize their emotional experiences are less likely to be overwhelmed by stressful situations and experiences. Because, the emotion word labels describe a situation, provide information and the possibility of acting on it; worded emotions are easier to regulate and cope with without affecting …

emotional dysregulation
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Emotional dysregulation

This topic has received much attention from the scientific community as one of the fundamental transdiagnostic factors leading to the development and maintenance of mental health disorders. I’d like to summarize a few of the recent findings in future posts. So what is emotional regulation? Regulation of emotion is the ability to respond to the ongoing …

valuing in ACT
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Valuing in ACT

Valuing in ACT Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) focuses on improving a person’s ability to live a fulfilling meaningful life along with all the discomfort of life’s challenges. ‘Values work’ in ACT helps in building and maintaining a psychologically flexible behaviour. ‘Values’ are chosen concepts linked to meaningful actions that coordinate with long term behaviour. …

psychological inflexibility
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Psychological inflexibility in depression

Psychological inflexibility in depression Psychological inflexibility is the dominance of ongoing personal experiences of a person over chosen values in guiding one’s action. It is involved in a wide range of psychological disorders and forms a core concept of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model of depression. Psychological inflexibility is characteristic of three main features, cognitive …

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ACT for depression

Article summary – Depression is a major contributor of disease burden in the world; more so in the middle and high income countries. Experiential avoidance (EA) is a mechanism that is found to be involved in depression. EA is unwillingness to remain in contact with feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. One of the interventions targeting …

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Acceptance and commitment therapy

I’d like to talk to you about one of the third-wave CBT therapies, which is proving to be very effective alongside the more traditional CBT methods. A 2015 review found that ACT was better than placebo and typical treatment for depression, addiction and anxiety disorders. Its effectiveness was similar to traditional treatments like CBT. ACT, unlike …

grief and loss
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Understanding grief and loss

Grief and loss Grief and loss are deeply painful experiences, yet they are experiences nearly everyone will have to face at some point. Most people experience a certain grieving process, characterized by specific feelings and behaviors, but there is no universal way of experiencing grief (Howarth, 2011). Find out more about grief and loss as …

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Alternatives to CBT

  Alternatives to CBT Cognitive Behaviour therapy is a popular form of talk therapy. Many Cognitive Behaviour therapists prefer an eclectic approach to therapy and include other forms of therapy alongside CBT for the benefit of the client. For instance, a client who is going for individual counselling sessions may realise that they cannot make …