Management of Emotional Distress following a Myocardial Infarction: A Qualitative Content Analysis

Myocardial infarction (MI; heart attack) is one of the leading causes of mortality and disability worldwide. Emotional distress, such as anxiety and depression, are common among MI patients. However, many psychological interventions for patients with cardiovascular disease still lack focus and clear evidence of their effectiveness. To improve treatments, we …

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Perceived Interpersonal Competence as a Predictor of Clinical Outcomes in a Randomized Controlled Trial for Social Anxiety and Employment

Individuals with social anxiety experience many difficulties navigating their daily lives, including in job settings. Treatments for social anxiety are not effective for everyone who experiences social anxiety, nor do they sufficiently address unemployment and other functional difficulties. Because of this, more research is needed on how to improve our …

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Effects of DBT-based Interventions on Alexithymia: A Systematic Review

Alexithymia [from the Greek a (not) – lexis (words) – thymos (emotion); “no words for emotions”] is a term developed to describe people with marked restriction in experiencing emotions, difficulties in identifying and distinguishing their feelings from physical sensations, and a particular struggle to find appropriate words to verbalize what …

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Integrating Virtual Realities and Psychotherapy: SWOT Analysis on VR and MR Based Treatments of Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders

The rapid advancement in technology has opened up exciting opportunities for psychological treatments. The combination of virtual technologies and evidenced-based psychotherapies can achieve excellent results, as evidenced by the increasingly widespread use of virtual reality-based exposure therapy. As virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) technology further mature, more complex …

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The Efficacy of Randomised Controlled Trials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Perfectionism: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

       Perfectionism has been linked to anxiety, depression and eating disorders.  It has been argued to be a ‘transdiagnostic process’, meaning it cuts across diagnostic boundaries and may put a person at risk of various mental health problems and also keep the problems going.  Treatment of perfectionism is a specific …

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Therapist-Guided Online Metacognitive Intervention for Excessive Worry: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Mediation Analysis

Research about negative metacognitions (cognitions about worrisome thoughts e.g. ‘I cannot control my worrying’ or ‘worrying is dangerous‘) has garnered much interest the last decade. Metacognitive therapy (MCT), the treatment that flows from this model, put a central focus on changing these negative beliefs.  In this study, we wanted to …

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