OCD Treatment Category

Art-Therapie de la Pleine Conscience

La pleine conscience est un état d’esprit dans lequel l’individu focalise son attention sur les sensations corporelles. Une personne pleinement consciente a connaissance des manières dont son corps réagit aux sources de stress, qui provoquent des pensées et des symptômes physiques d’anxiété.

Par la pratique de l’art-thérapie de la pleine conscience, la personne s’entraîne à être « présente » dans sa propre vie et à le demeurer pour faire face aux pensées négatives, à l’angoisse du futur, aux peurs ou encore aux attentes des autres... Pour en savior plus, svp visitez http://blog.montrealarttherapy.com/

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Depression and Anxiety

DEPRESSION

What is depression?  It is a common and sometimes serious mood disorder that can be quite intense.  It affects and mind and the body at the same time.   It may be associated with an imbalance of chemicals in the brain that carry communications between nerve calls which control mood and other basic bodily functions, such as appetite and sleep.  Other factors may also come into play, such as negative life experiences such as stress or loss, medical illnesses, and genetic factors.

What are the symptoms of depression?  It can include the following:  persistent sad or empty mood, loss of interest in usual activities, changes in appetite or weight, inability to sleep or oversleeping, restlessness or sluggishness, decreased energy or fatigue, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, feelings of guilt/hopelessness/, or worthlessness, thoughts of death or suicide.

The extent of the problem: between 17 and 20 million Americans develop...

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Permanently change your brain by what you think and what you do

Not so long ago, neuroscientists knew for a fact that once you were full grown you could not grow new brain cells. It turns out that was wrong. It is now an axiom of science that brain can be changed. This is called neuroplasticity. Not only can the brain be changed. It can be changed by our experiences, thoughts and behaviors. There is well known concept that : Nerves that fire together wire together! The opposite is also true: nerves that do not fire together unwire from each other.

What does this have to do with you? If you have a habitual pattern of thinking or acting, one of the reasons it is hard to break that habit is because there are nerves connections in your brain that have wired together. If you are trying to create a new pattern the new pattern does not yet have a brain based wiring.

When we are trying to do something new, it is usually not comfortable. The mistake we make is that since it is not comfortable we tend to stop doing the new behavior. We stop before the nerv...

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Managing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) So It Doesn't Manage You!

How does someone with OCD manage their obsessions and compulsions?  The answer would appear to be commonsense, right?  Just quit worrying, stop performing compulsions (rituals), or maybe distract oneself so you think about something else.  The more a person focuses away from the obsession (fear), the less it will affect that person in the future, right?  Actually, these methods not only don't work to reduce the fear, they tend to make the fear and the resulting behaviors significantly worse.  The most effective behavioral treatment for OCD turns out to be quite counterintuitive and strange for most people visiting my office for the first time.  Individuals with OCD must learn to correct their cognitive-distortions by practicing different ways of thinking about what they fear.  Clients in my office also learn to slowly confront their fears and worries by performing "experiments" during the week to ...

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Compulsive Online Sexual Addiction-Could You Be One?

The internet has its benefits for some but many negative consequences for those addicted to compulsive online sexual behavior…

When “John Doe” and “Jenny Doe” came to see me for a marriage counseling session, it was revealed that John would stay on the computer almost the entire night seeking sexual content and masturbate compulsively. Jenny knew that John was doing this over a few years and she would try to address the problem with him directly.

John promised many times that he would stop his compulsive behavior to no avail. Jenny was becoming angry and frustrated as John would detach from her through his relationship with his online sexual fantasies. Their sexual life became non-existent and their ability to resolve this issue became impossible for Jenny to deal with. They decided to seek marriage counseling from Mindbuilders but by this time John was having a full blown cyber sex relationship via webcam sites and Jenny wanted a divorce.

Th...

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