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What psychotherapy is best for helping an adult learn social skills?

What psychotherapy is best for helping an adult learn social skills?

Group: Many things can be helpful, and it primarily depends on your diagnosis. In general, to improve social skills, group therapy can be helpful. ...Read more

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Laughter (Definition)

Laughter = psycho-physiological reflex which is often in response to ...Read more


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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

Very effective: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can be very helpful for depression & emotional distress. With it, you explore your thinking patterns and see how these can lead to depressed feelings. With your therapist's help, you learn ways of moving beyond these, or correcting assumptions that lead to suffering. In terms of effectiveness, cbt can outlast antidepressants, and also improve outcomes. ...Read more

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Whether neurofeedback can help improving mood?Can change viewpoint of depressed people about life?Controlling thoughts?With best regards.

Whether neurofeedback can help improving mood?Can change viewpoint of depressed people about life?Controlling thoughts?With best regards.

CBT: It is well established & proven that cognitive therapy plays a major role in reshaping one's perception of the environment, help detect automatic thoughts and assumptions that lead usually to automatic reactions. I am not aware of any practice guideline to suggest using neurofedback in addressing that. Not any therapist can do cbt optimally, please find a cbt specialty trained therapist, g luck. ...Read more

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Which is the best medicine to overcome anxiety and panic disorders?

Which is the best medicine to overcome anxiety and panic disorders?

Anxiety Management: Hi the best way to overcome anxiety is THERAPY in addition to meds. medicines help but therapy with meds is best combination. of meds, SSRIs (if Celexa (citalopram) not working well, try another in this class) then SNRIs are best suited for long term management of anxiety. would suggest staying away from benzodiazepines - cause dependence in general - this is on a case by case basis of course. see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with depression / anxiety without medication?

What is a good way to deal with depression / anxiety without medication?

Depression treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, support groups, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and light therapy. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. ...Read more

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Emotional stress with physical consequences, what to do?

Emotional stress with physical consequences, what to do?

To address stress:: Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for social anxiety?

What is the best medicine for social anxiety?

Meds can help BUT...: ... How about behavioral options? Anxiety disorders assn of bc has educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/yudsfl effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A cbt & anxiety expert can be big help! ...Read more

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Can you please describe emotional, mental, physical, spiritual benefits to practicing yoga?

Can you please describe emotional, mental, physical, spiritual benefits to practicing yoga?

Stability: You are in control of yourself and keeps you very stable in all that aspects and you grow younger in time, happier, healthier and prettier. ...Read more

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Can this depression medicine really work?

Can this depression medicine really work?

Please: Clarify by letting us know which depression medication you are referring to. Re-ask. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me docs, is empathy a natural human emotion or a learned emotion?

Can you tell me docs, is empathy a natural human emotion or a learned emotion?

Empathy: Interesting question. Empathy is not an emotion, as it's possible to feel many emotions through empathy. It's a quality that develops naturally when a child is cared for and responded to lovingly by empathetic parents. There can be mismatches between children and parents, though. Connection is necessary and healing in empathy. To learn more about empathy, see: http://tinyurl.Com/kjvgnlz. ...Read more

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Is depression a mental illness or an appropriate emotional response to a psychologically intolerable situation?

Wow...: Many in the field are uncomfortable with the way society (and the pharmaceutical industry) has come to define emotional suffering in medical terms, as "illness." it may be a completely understandable ; appropriate response. In some cases, it may make sense to think in terms of illness. It depends. Either way, most people with depressive symptoms can benefit from psychotherapy ; self-understanding. ...Read more

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Besides ssri's and benzo's, what is the best preventative medicine for panic attacks/derealization ?

Besides ssri's and benzo's, what is the best preventative medicine for panic attacks/derealization ?

Derealization: In the setting of Panic attacks raises the possibility of focal seizures. First find out what occurs during these events ( video EEG monitoring ) If there is abnormal electrical activity seen consider a trial of anticonvulsants ...Read more

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CBT, SSRI,SNRI, Beta-blockers haven't helped to control my social anxiety. Is there any medication which can 'knock me out' before social situations ?

CBT, SSRI,SNRI, Beta-blockers haven't helped to control my social anxiety. Is there any medication which can 'knock me out' before social situations ?

Exposure therapy: Exposure therapy uses gradually increased exposure to anxiety triggers coupled w/ relaxation training. SSRIs can help but @ times more effective is learning to deal w/ it differently w/ help of a therapist who specializes in exposure-based therapy. CBT is good but sometimes acting your way into thinking & feeling different works better than trying to think your way into feeling & acting different. ...Read more

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Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

How about patchwork: Quilt approach? Cbt is often practiced by any of the above providers. Cognitive behavioral therapy can yield excellent results. Psychiatrist can be invaluable when psychotropic medications are indicated. Take care. ...Read more

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What are some really good motivational techniques to combat a depressive state?

What are some really good motivational techniques to combat a depressive state?

Go to library: There are rows of self-help, self-motivational books there. The power of positive thinking is an excellent starting point but there are many others. Talk to your librarian. ...Read more

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What is the best approaches that offer relaxation & stress management training?

What is the best approaches that offer relaxation & stress management training?

It depends: It depends on the organization and your fit with what they do. You can try networking with employees there, and learn something about their channels and system. You can prepare videos of your presentations, and gain testimonials about your work. You can place these on a web site which also has an informative electronic newsletter. Gradually organizations will be finding you. ...Read more

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What's the best drug for melancholic depression. Specially to boost energy, motivation, positivity, etc. Raising serotonin alone hasn't worked. Thanks?

Nutrition: Good lifestyle choices are more effective than drugs. Try reducing carbohydrates, take a fish oil supplement, take a vitamin d supplement, and a high dose magnesium supplement(unless you have kidney disease then ask your doctor about magnesium). ...Read more

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Is oversleeping bad for your emotional, physical or mental health?

Is oversleeping bad for your emotional, physical or mental health?

Yes!: Sleep is the nurse of all creatures. During sleep we rejuvenate and regenerate our physiology. However, oversleep is detrimental for emotional, physical and mental health. Oversleep is often a symptom of depression. Oversleep causes a heaviness in the mind-body and interferes with our vitality. ...Read more