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Beyond pills and CBT – an existential approach to  managing anxiety in General Practice

Beyond pills and CBT – an existential approach to managing anxiety in General Practice

To be human is to experience anxiety.  As practitioners we encounter anxiety in many forms, including overt panic attacks and phobias as well as less distinct yet still pervasive everyday anxieties. From an existential perspective, anxiety is a universal phenomenon arising from our deep-seated responses to living in an uncertain world.  Hence, anxiety is common to all humans and is something to be embraced rather than avoided.
Philosophers from Kierkegaard to Sartre wrote copiously about anxiety, dread, bad faith and angst, while practitioners such as Irvin Yalom and Rollo May have written about how acknowledging anxiety is related to meaning and is an essential part of assuming responsibility and making choices about how we live our lives.

In this Presentation Alison Strasser describes how existential psychotherapy can work with general practice patients presenting with anxiety.

Speakers: Alison Strasser
Conference: Demo
Areas of Interest / Categories: Anxiety, General Practice

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