There is a huge gap between primary care patients' mental health treatment needs and the delivery of effective mental health treatment. In a new article in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, we describe the development of a new online anxiety treatment for primary care. The online intervention was generally effective in reducing primary care patients’ anxiety in comparison to a symptom monitoring control. In the US alone, there are approximately 40 million people living with some form of clinically significant anxiety disorder (Kessler et al., 2005). Anxiety is particularly salient now as we all live with unprecedented levels of uncertainty and stress during the ongoing global pandemic. Most people with anxiety first seek treatment from their primary care doctor. However, research in primary care settings suggests that 43% to 70% of people with anxiety and depression do not receive adequate care (Bet et al., 2013; Weisberg et al., 2014). Adolescents and … [Read more...] about Primary Care: The Front Line for Mental Health Treatment
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It happens to all of us: you’re going about your day, everything seems fine, and then something happens, or someone says something, and you get triggered. It’s as if you switch gears. Maybe you start to feel hurt or angry or depressed , or just a whole bunch of negative feelings. You might start to think that your best friend or partner doesn’t care about you, that life feels worthless or you feel worthless; maybe you start thinking that nothing ever works out. You might feel tense all over, or get a sinking feeling in your stomach. Each of us has our own familiar pattern, but all of us experience this big negative ball of jumbled feelings, thoughts, and physical reactions—and it feels just awful. So how do you get out of it? There is no easy answer, but in the coming blogs I will show you some ways out of the jumble. Today I want to show you three steps you can use to identify your triggers and start getting out of your negative cycle. You can also read more in the second edition of … [Read more...] about 3 Steps to Identify Your Triggers
Some years ago, in central Mexico, I had the good fortune to train in central Mexico as assistant to a curandera, or folk healer, named Ana Maria del Villar. She had learned her art from her departed husband Pedro, who worked in the Chichimec-Aztec tradition. I lived in Ana’s house, and every day she invited me into her capilla, or private chapel, where she treated people who came to her for relief from physical and emotional suffering. Ana sat on a wooden chair, her powerful energy radiating through the small room. I sat off to the side, and during the healing sessions she would nod in my direction or indicate by pointing with her lips at what I should be watching closely. With most clients, Ana performed a limpia, or energetic cleansing. She held special herbs and circled the person, intoning and praying. The goal was to clear away negative energy that impacted health and wellbeing. Sometimes she undertook a diagnosis by running a raw egg over people’s bodies and then … [Read more...] about Envy — Can It Be Lethal?