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Year: 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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There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so…

Does Shakespeare's famous maxim apply to head injury? According to a new study, the answer is yes. Researchers recently looked at patients with mild head injuries (90% of head injuries in Western countries are classified as "mild") to see whether perceptions of illness contributed to the development and severity of post-concusional syndrome (PCS). 73 patients with mild head injuries participated in the study. They were monitored for PCS symptoms, post-traumatic stress symptoms,…
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Love is Never Enough

Say you're having an argument with your partner, housemate or friend. What's going through your mind during the interaction? How are you interpreting the other person's remarks and behaviors? How is the other person reading what you say and do? And how often are you both reading each other's signals correctly? Cognitive Therapy (CT) is used for many disorders, but it's also effective for everyday problems... including relationship problems. It can help people…
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All-male CBT workshops effective for men with insomnia

CBT has been successfully used to treat insomnia in both men and women, but according to a recent article men tend to seek treatment less often than women. Even when they consult their primary care providers, those providers are often unaware of CBT's effectiveness and may have limited CBT resources to offer their patients. To address this, researchers offered group CBT in the form of 1-day, all-male CBT workshops. The…
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