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Aug 03, 2011 - 0 comments

What have I achieved this Module?
I discovered that people have different interpretations of events. The types of warpy thinking include: All or none thinking, Overgeneralisation, Mental filter, Disqualifying the positive, Jumping to conclusions, Magnification and Minimisation, Emotional reasoning, Labelling and Personalisation. I learned some techniques to contest warpy thoughts. Basically these required that I questioned the basis of my thinking.
I looked at the common areas of vulnerability: the need for approval, need to be loved, need to succeed etc.
I looked at strategies to improve my self esteem (doing things I like, and being kind to myself).
What have I found out about myself this Module?
I found out my score on the Depression and Anxiety Quizzes and their interpretation.
Result for the Depression test:
You have more depression symptoms than the average person your age. This may mean a number of things: that you will be likely to be more vulnerable to becoming upset or miserable by events that others do not react to; that something unfortunate has occurred in the last few weeks and you haven’t got over it, even though you normally cope very well; you have symptoms but they are not troubling you; you may have made mistakes in how you have answered the questions.

If you scored in this range, for the first two reasons, then MoodGYM may also be of great interest to you, since it aims to improve the way you approach situations in life. Keep a record of your score and you will be able to see if you improve with time.

Click here for more information about how a random sample of people responded to each of these questions.

Information on how others went on the DEPRESSION QUIZOf a total of 7,485 men and women who completed the quiz, the most common items ticked were:
Have difficulty concentrating: 44%
Been waking early: 42%
Lacking in energy: 45%

PATH Through Life Study, Canberra

Result for the Anxiety test:
A score in this range may indicate that you experience high anxiety. MoodGYM may help you overcome some of your anxieties and insecurities.

You may also need professional help if you find these symptoms very distressing. There are a number of anxiety conditions that respond well to specialist intervention.

These include panic disorder, where a person gets acute symptoms (often the person feels they are having a heart attack because of the severity of the physical symptoms).

Panic DisorderThe person experiences episodes of intense panic. These episodes are unpredictable, start abruptly, and usually last a few minutes. While having an episode of panic, the person’s heart may race, they may sweat, shake, have difficulty breathing, have chest pain, feel sick, dizzy or faint and may fear that they are dying.
These symptoms are not due to physical health problems such as having a heart attack. Panic disorder is particularly distressing because the person has no idea when the attack will come, and often will avoid going out in case of an episode. This avoidance is understandable but may make the condition worse. Panic disorder is very treatable using psychological therapies with and without medication.

Social phobia is another one where the person has seemingly weird symptoms such as not being able to sign their name in public etc, feelings of being scrutinised or watched.

Social PhobiaSocial phobia is diagnosed if the person has strong fears of being the centre of attention, or fears behaving in an embarrassing way AND avoids situations where this might happen. Commonly, the person has these fears in social settings, such as eating, speaking in public, going to social gatherings or meetings. The person has symptoms of anxiety such as racing heart, sweating palms, difficulty breathing or feeling choked up, as well as symptoms of blushing, shaking, vomiting, and even feeling that he/she might lose bladder control. Most individuals recognise that their level of fear is excessive and want to do something about changing it. Social phobia is very treatable using psychological therapies.

Post traumatic stress disorder may also produce very distressing symptoms, including flashbacks, where the person experiences very vivid images of previous trauma. People with moderate to severe depressive or anxiety symptoms may begin to question their sanity.

Post Traumatic Stress DisorderPost traumatic stress disorder is identified when a person presents with symptoms of anxiety that can be attributable to a major stressful experience, (the type of experience that would induce fear in most people). Examples include near death experiences such as major car or plane accidents, or being the victim of violence. The person often experiences ‘flash backs’ of the traumatic event, avoids situations that remind them of the traumatic event, and experiences other symptoms such as being on edge and difficulty sleeping. Many people can’t remember some of the events surrounding the trauma.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can be treated successfully by psychological therapies.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is very treatable.

For more information click Am I going mad?

Am I going mad?A minority of people have periods of madness. The major form of disorder in these cases is schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a disorder where the person firmly believes certain things that the rest of us consider are not based in reality. For example, a person sees or hears things that are not present. For the person concerned it is a frightening experience. The family can’t understand why the person "can’t be talked out of it". While the person holds these ‘psychotic’ views they actually don’t think they are crazy (they believe they know the reality).
Aside from people with schizophrenia, there are others who believe they are going mad. People in this group can suffer from a number of problems including depression, where they think they might have a nervous breakdown, or panic disorder, where they have episodes of intense anxiety or panic which strike out of the blue. Although these people are very distressed, they are unlikely to develop symptoms of schizophrenia. These people always have a hold on reality, even though they may be extremely distressed by it.
Often completely normal people feel they are going mad. This can happen following relationship breakups or following the loss of someone very close to them. The important message here is that if you think you might be going mad, you are probably not going mad at all. This sort of insight indicates that you are likely to be in touch with reality.

Click here for more information about how a random sample of people responded to each of these questions.

Information on how others went on the ANXIETY QUIZOf a total of 7,485 men and women who completed the quiz, the most common items ticked were:
Worrying a lot: 53%
Had headaches or neckaches: 53%
Have been irritable: 50%
Had difficulty relaxing: 43%
Felt keyed up or on edge: 43%
PATH Through Life Study, Canberra
I identified my types of warped thinking:

emtional respones
I wrote down the following as my warped thinking:

Stupid, usless, unreliable, unhappy, cant do anything right
I found out about my areas of vulnerability:

The need for approval 10%The need to be loved 17%The need to succeed 18%The need to be perfect 17%The sense of being able to influence all things 19%Happiness is contingent upon external things 11%The sense of feeling deserving 8% I identified my positive and negative characteristics:

Positive characteristics Negative characteristics
friendly over weight
hard working at work lazy at home
What would I like to do (if anything) about learning how I think and what effect this has on me?
At this point in the training program we suggest that you think about your own situation. How do I want to use the information from the Thoughts Module? What would I like to change?

Put down here any goals that you would like to achieve by the next Module. Think about the ways that you could respond better to situations. Set some personal goals to achieve by the next Module.

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