"One of the first, and by far the biggest obstacle to taking back the power, is a lack of compassion towards our self. True compassion is the recognition, understanding and the ability to fully feel the pain of our own individual suffering without mentally abusing ourselves, 'I am hopeless, stupid, worthless etc' and without the brutal self hatred many people feel."
Anxiety and Trauma
The first article, Anxiety and Trauma, is in two parts. The first looks at realistic fears and anxiety in relation to trauma while the second part is an extract taken from a newsletter by Mental Health Net. This extract discusses the aftermath of a traumatic event, a terrorist attack, and outlines the various stages that people experience as they work through their grief and fears.CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is our second article. It is an interview with Chris Edwards, Senior Clinical Psychologist for the Sth Australian Mental Health Services. Chris discusses cognitive behavioural therapy, the clinician / patient relationship and what people can expect from CBT.Childhood Anxiety
Ron Rapee is also a Clinical Psychologist and is Director of the Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety Disorder Clinic at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. In this article, Childhood Anxiety, Ron discusses a CBT approach and ways in which parents can help their anxious child.Marijuana
Marijuana may seem to be an unlikely topic for an anxiety disorder website such as ours. But as you will see when you read the article, many teenagers and young adults are developing panic disorder as a result of using this drug. This article looks at peoples' experience and also discusses the effects of using marijuana and LSD.Take Back the Power
When we develop an anxiety disorder, we do feel helpless and powerless. This article looks at how we can shift the 'power balance' between ourselves and our disorder.Self Esteem and Anxiety Disorders
The role of Self Esteem in the development of an anxiety disorder is not usually discussed. Yet it does play a major role, both in the developmental stages of our disorder and also in the recovery process. This is the first of two articles that looks at Self Esteem and the role that it plays in recovery.Self Acceptance
This second article discusses how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves and our relationship with others, is not only disempowering us, it can also create much of our underlying anxiety and depression.Thought
How many times have we said 'What If?' 'What if I have an attack, What if I feel anxious? What if I lose control? What if I make a fool of myself? ' What if this is causing most of our problems? It is!
See our Self Help section for additional articles.