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thin-banner2 According to the American Psychiatric Association (1994), post traumatic stress disorder develops after someone is exposed to an extremely traumatic event and they reacted to the event with intense fear, horror or helplessness.

Such traumatic events include:

  • war
  • torture
  • rape
  • child sexual or physical assault
  • physical assault
  • being kidnapped
  • terrorism
  • a natural disaster (e.g. a bushfire, flood or cyclone)
  • a major car accident
  • being diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness e.g. cancer
  • finding the body of someone who has committed suicide or been murdered

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

The Intrusive Symptoms include:
  • Distressing thoughts or images
  • Nightmares about the event
  • Feeling or acting as if the traumatic event were...
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Overcoming Fears and Phobias with CBT Treatment

thin-banner2 A specific phobia is an intense fear of a particular thing like a dog, or a situation like flying in an aeroplane. People’s fear of the object or situation is so severe that they may experience physical symptoms of anxiety, and even have panic attacks, when confronted with it, or even anticipating having to deal with it. People with a specific phobia either avoid the thing/situation they fear or endure the situation or object with distress. The adult phobia sufferers knows their fear of the object or situation is excessive or unreasonable. Simple phobias impact on the sufferers ability to function be it at work, socialise, study or cause...
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Hoarding Help & Treatment


What is hoarding?

Compulsive hoarding is probably going to be classified a disorder, separate from OCD, in the next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM V). The diagnostic criteria include :
  1.  The hoarder has ongoing difficulty throwing out or parting with possessions, even if they are useless or of limited value.
  2.  The sufferer has difficulty disposing or parting from possessions as they believe they need to save the items and get very distressed when faced with the prospect of discarding them.
  3. Hoarders end up with too many possessions which cause congestion and clutter in the living areas of their home, office, car...
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Exam Anxiety

thin-banner2   Exam anxiety (fear of taking a test of one’s ability, skill, or knowledge) can be a debilitating condition for school and university students and may have serious consequences for one’s future goals. Some people will have sleepless nights prior to a test. Others may find they feel nauseous before and/or during an exam or have full blown panic attacks. Some students are so stressed before and/or during asessments that they find their mind goes blank and they can’t think/recall information.   Some students will be stressed because they fear failing, whereas others will be stressed because they fear not living up their own, or others high expectations.  

Some Tips For Coping...

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