Health and Wellness

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope

JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope – Dr Andrew Gloster.

Lets talk about a psychological state that has gotten a bad wrap. Anxiety. Anxiety is very common just before we are confronted with something challenging like a test, a work interview, public speaking or getting married. In most cases this is not a problem, Just a natural reaction to this challenge. In many cases this has to do with me being evaluated. When anxiety gets out of proportion and starts to interfere with your everyday function, you might get a diagnosis. There are usually three parts of anxiety: a worrying part sometimes called catastrophizing, a physiological part where we get revved up for fight or flight and a behavior part where we normally avoid but can also become aggressive.
Today we are going to learn more about anxiety from an expert Dr Andrew Gloster. Andrew is a psychologist and Assistant Professor at the Universtiy of Basel in Switzerland. http://psycho.unibas.ch/die-fakultaet/personen/profil/person/andrew-gloster/Andrew does research there about anxiety. He is like me an American living in Europe, A husband and a father of 2 boys. Read more about how ACT approaches Anxiety in this book: Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
http://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Acceptance-Workbook-Anxiety-Commitment/dp/1572244992