Break Out of OCD's Mental Prison

October 18, 2013

This week is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) week.  OCD is an anxiety disorder which cause people to pursue often repetitive and pointless acts in an obsessive way. Obsessions, also known as intrusive thoughts, seem to appear in our minds in  a random fashion.  They can be thoughts in words but they can also be images or urges.  For example, someone might become convinced that things touched in the normal course of life are contaminated with dangerous germs, leading to repeated hand-washing. Continue reading [...]

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Watch Out For Burnout

October 15, 2013

It seems like a modern phenomenon, a product of the apparently ever more complicated lives that we lead. The truth is, though, that “burnout” as we call it has always been the penalty paid by people who just try to do too much and finally cannot cope. But what do we know about it, and what are the signs that we need to slow down, ask for help and pay more attention to our own health and mental well-being? Professor Marie Asberg, is an expert on burnout, and she uses the “exhaustion funnel” to Continue reading [...]

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Deadlines and Hungry Lions – Stress and Fear Are Close Cousins

September 19, 2013

Today, I am going to talk about fear and stress. Although they can be defined differently, the two have many common features. Both are associated with apprehension and hyper-arousal. Fear and stress are both are  thermometers which we use to detect threat or danger. When we think we are facing a threat or dangers, this thought process is translated into our body via neurobiological responses. So, facing a hungry lion and facing a close deadline with none of the work done are experiences that Continue reading [...]

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