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The spread of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has flooded our daily news with alerts of caution and advisements about social distancing. During these difficult times, we can find our anxiety soaring. Unfortunately, the things we tend to do naturally to feel better in the moment frequently make us feel worse in the long run. Melinda Smith, MA and Lawrence Robinson from HelpGuide.org have written a wonderful article on coping with Coronavirus (COVID-19) stress, fear and uncertainty. They provide empirically tested interventions we can all use to help both understand and manage our anxiety.
Use the links below to help you stay updated on Coronavirus / COVID-19 both in the USA and other countries.
USA source: Center for Disease Control (CDC)
OTHER COUNTRIES source: World Health Organization (WHO)
Categories: Mood Tips
We found a great article written by Dr. Jelena Kecmanovic, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University. We are republishing this article because of its excellent and useful content which highlights many principles of evidence-based CBT.
Dr Kecmanovic outlines seven science-based strategies that can help you boost your willpower and succeed with your New Year’s resolutions.
Please note that Dr Kecmanovic has no affiliation with the MindOverMood.com site. Thank you to TheConversation.com for making this article available for posting through their Creative Commons license.
Categories: Mind Over Mood
Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, an associate editor at PsychCentral interviewed the authors of the 2nd edition of Mind Over Mood. This 5 minute read includes comments about exercises and worksheets that have a positive impact on people. Learn the one thing readers can do right now to boost their mood and feel better. Understand the 5 biggest myths about mood such as: they are uncontrollable; its just brain chemistry; it's a medical problem and requires medication; and you can't really change them.
Click on the button to go to the online article.
Tartakovsky, M. (2018). Mind Over Mood: Q&A with Authors Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/mind-over-mood-qa-with-authors-dennis-greenberger-christine-a-padesky/
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As we approach summer here in Southern California, we are aware that many of our friends and colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere are heading into their winter season. This article is a timely reminder that the things we can change such as our thoughts and our behavior, are so powerful that they can actually override the things we cannot change, such as how much sunlight we have each day.
While light therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) it only helps about half of the people in subsequent winters. What can give long lasting relief? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) tailored for seasonal affective disorder. Why? Simply put, light therapy works only as long as you are using it. But CBT teaches skills that are useful forever.
[READ WASHINGTON POST] This winter depression treatment lasts longer than sitting under a bright light.
[READ THE ATLANTIC]Therapy Over Lamps for Seasonal Depression: Cognitive behavioral therapy gives longer-term benefits and is less of a time burden than sitting under a light for 30 minutes a day.
[READ MEDICAL NEWS TODAY] Beating the winter blues with cognitive behavioral therapy.
[READ THE RESEARCH ARTICLE] If you are interested, here is the American Journal of Psychiatry article that discuss these very important research findings
We are pleased that BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour) asked Dr Christine A. Padesky to talk about Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Specifically how CBT skills can help people during times of stress. These skills are useful at all times (holidays included)! The interview was first broadcast December 22, 2015.
"Perfectionism is almost always a trap because it robs us of whatever chances we have in life for joy. The antidote to perfectionism is really putting value on small positives that come our way." (Padesky quote from BBC interview)
Photo Credits: photo of Padesky Copyright 2015 Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD. All rights reserved.
The most recent film release from Pixar Studios, Inside Out, is an animated study of emotion - their bothersome presence as well as their value to inform. All too often we interpret emotions such as sadness or fear as something to be avoided, as something negative. But the folks at Pixar through animated storytelling provide a view of our emotions that reveal them as helpful to and organizers of our thinking, even essential to our moral code and social behaviors. The filmakers consulted with two eminent experts on emotions (Paul Ekman and Dacher Keltner) and as a result, most of what they portray in the movie is an accurate representation of how our emotions operate. Being a Hollywood film, there are embellishments and some things made up (spoiler alert: Imagination Land).
We offer a series of articles about the film that clarify the role of emotions and which concepts are made up and which are accurate. Hats off to Pixar for helping many people see the benefits and richness of the range of human emotions, from joy through anger, sadness, disgust and fear.
JOY and SADNESS
The animated film, Inside Out, produced by Pixar is a delightful romp through five of our emotions. It highlights the positive impact our emotions produce even those we tend to think of as negative.
Here are some quick introductions to the movie's five featured emotions. Enjoy these flicks and then go to the movie, you will enjoy it even more!
Sadness, disgust, fear, anger and joy. Not a complete account of our emotions but the story would be too complicated if they included more in the film. Look at what happens when just two of these emotions are combined!
Categories: Mind Over Mood
We are pleased to report that Mind Over Mood is listed in the Reading Well Books on Prescription program in the United Kingdom.
The books have all been recommended by health professionals and have been tried and tested by people with experience of living with the conditions. The program is "endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries." They even provide a "core book list of accredited titles recommended by healthcare professionals that covers a range of common mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, phobias and eating disorders."
The following video describes the Reading Well Books on Prescription program. Mind Over Mood appears at 31 seconds, 47 seconds, 2:09, and throughout. (video date 4/30/2013)
Click on photo below and the video will open in a new window and auto play. Please be patient. Sometimes the video takes a long time to open.
We originally linked to an article in the New York Times on January 11, 2000. The article was titled: "A Pragmatic Man and His No-Nonsense Therapy" and featured Dr Aaron T. Beck at age 78. It describes how he came to develop cognitive therapy and covers his development from a young boy to a brilliant scientist whose endless curiosity led him to develop one of the most successful psychotherapies of all time, Cognitive Therapy.
What is CBT NEWS?
Noteworthy articles that have appeared in the news regarding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), resilience, skills, strengths, brain science, therapy focus, mood tips, and many different mental health issues.