Year: 2018

Pure ‘O’ OCD and Psychotherapy

Pure ‘O’ OCD and Psychotherapy Dr Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Abstract – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition in which people feel the need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly (‘rituals’), or have certain thoughts repeatedly. People are unable to control either their thoughts or their activities for any longer periods of time. Suppressing the …

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A Case of Severe OCD – Obsessive Thoughts

Abstract—Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often more difficult to treat than anxiety, depression and other psychiatric disorders. However, a combination of psychotherapy and medication treatment can be effective in most cases. Within a few months, there is often a marked improvement in symptoms and quality of life. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) at a higher dose, …

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Loving and Fearing Life

Many forms of anxiety lead to situations in which patients feel they are withdrawing from life. However, behind these anxieties is often a need for more living, more uncertainty, more excitement and more color and adventure in life. Improvements in internal and external communication can lead to a greater fulfilment of this need. Keywords: anxiety, …

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Insomnia and Psychotherapy

Insomnia and Psychotherapy Dr Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. This article gives a brief overview of some approaches to treating insomnia using psychotherapy. Keywords: insomnia, psychotherapy Table of Contents Introduction. 3 Subjectivity. 3 Psychodynamic Considerations. 4 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches. 4 Sleep Restriction Treatment. 4 Acceptance and Mindufulness. 4 Communication-Focused Therapy (CFT) 5 Sleep. 6 Sleep Control …

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Psychiatry and Communication (1)

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. These include various abnormalities related to mood, behavior, cognition, and perceptions. Working on internal and external communication is a central focus in psychiatric treatment. Keywords: psychiatry, psychotherapy, communication, medicine For one-time access to read the article please click on …

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Pharmacokinetics

Pharmacokinetics describes the processes that take place in the interaction between an organism and a chemical substance. There are four processes, which are often also represented as five: Liberation: the drug is released from the pharmaceutical formulation Absorption: the substance enters the blood circulation. Distribution: the substance disperses throughout the fluids and tissues of the …

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), DSM-V

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is one of the main two diagnostic manuals for mental health conditions in the world. The current version is the fifth edition. The other manual is the International Classifications of Diseases (ICD) published by the World Health …

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Psychopharmacology

Psychopharmacology is the scientific study of drugs that primarily target receptors and other mechanisms in the central nervous system (CNS), which play a role in information transmission between cells and along cells. Psychiatric medication is used to treat a wide spectrum of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, psychosis, eating disorder, …

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Benzodiazepines Z-Drugs and Dependence

Benzodiazepines and z-drugs are some of the most widely prescribed medications. They work as anxiolytics, sleep inducers, and in various other capacities, such as muscle relaxants and against epileptic seizures. For people with anxiety and panic attacks, they can normalize life while long-term treatment options are explored, and they can be used as emergency standby …

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