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Month: August 2007

CBT cutting down on the sweat in patients with hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating, is brought on by a combination of the body's temperature regulating system and emotional factors. The way emotional triggers affect this condition had never been studied in depth. A recent study at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota showed that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps not only with the general anxieties that trigger sweating, but also with social anxiety brought on by hyperhidroses itself…
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Fibromyalgia – real disease getting real benefit from CBT

People with Fibromyalgia suffer on many levels. They live with a chronic and painful, life-altering, multi-system disease that affects about 2% of the general U.S. population. For many years, they also suffered from widespread skepticism and debate about the disease itself. Was it real? Wasn't it the same as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which the media disparagingly called Yuppie Flu? Thankfully, the uncertainty officially ended in 1990 when the American College of Rheumatology established criteria…
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When patients get angry in session

Judith S. Beck writes in: Some therapists are quite concerned about their patients becoming angry at them. Yet when therapists respond sensitively, they can help patients learn important lessons. The first thing I do when a patient becomes angry is to elicit their automatic thoughts and positively reinforce them, in a genuine way. "I'm so glad you told me that." And I am glad. If there's a problem, I want…
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