Increased activity in brain areas related to thinking and problem-solving might also help stave off worsening anxiety, according to a new study from Duke University researchers. Researchers found that people at risk for anxiety were less likely to develop the disorder if they had higher activity in a region of the brain responsible for complex… Read more

What Is Exposure Therapy?

Most of us experience a level of social anxiety at some point in our lives. We worry about what people think of us, about being excluded, about being judged or humiliated. Social anxiety is characterised by an excessive fear of negative evaluation or judgement, triggered by social or performance situations. For social anxiety to be… Read more

Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a way of treating longstanding psychological problems that is based on the belief behaviours have underlying drivers which may be unrecognised and unconscious. With this understanding it’s possible to think about the meaning and reasons behind that behaviour and enable the possibility of change. Although Freud’s psychology of the mind… Read more

It is the most well known – and perhaps infamous – theory of dreams in the Western world. At the turn of last century, Sigmund Freud published his book, The Interpretation of Dreams, arguing that our dreams are nothing more than wishes that we are looking to fulfill in our waking lives. Some of these… Read more

Scientific literature appears to be biased when it comes to reporting the benefits of psychotherapy as a treatment for depression. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. It is the follow-up to a study published in 2008 that created a considerable stir when it found a comparable publication bias in… Read more