BABCP spring meeting: CBASP & chronic depression, therapist support, mindfulness & health anxiety, and intrusions & control
Last updated on 21st June 2013
Fear is the mind-killer ... I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. Bene Gesserit "Litany against Fear" from "Dune" by Frank Herbert
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Heading home. Up quite early this morning. Eventually left the hostel about 9.00am. I drove up to Inverness before looping round to head down the A9. I've just stopped in Aviemore at the Mountain Cafe for old time's sake. I came here a year ago on the way back from a trip camping and walking in the Fainnichs. I was here again last October with my son-in-law and a friend after we'd walked north through the Lairig Ghru - the marvellous pass through the Cairngorms. This is a great cafe. Eating their "Fresh fruit glass with runny honey and natural yogurt" more to justify my place at a table than anything else.
Here are a series of assessment questionnaires and handouts for Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
GAD, 2 question screen - answering "yes" to either of the two screening questions on this sheet suggests it's worth checking for a diagnosis of full Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - for example by using the GADQ (see below).
GAD, questionnaire (GADQ) - a simple questionnaire for making a full diagnosis of GAD.
GAD, metacognitions (Wells) - GAD assessment scale developed by Wells. Includes measures of safety behaviours and metacognitions.
The "Improving Access to Psychological Therapies" (IAPT) initiative is very ambitious and exciting. It states its principal aim is to support English Primary Care Trusts in implementing "National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence" (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. IAPT go on to say that "At present, only a quarter of the 6 million people in the UK with these conditions are in treatment, with debilitating effects on society."
One aspect of this carefully planned initiative is strong encouragement to assess and monitor the progress of those who are getting help. Visiting the IAPT "Outcomes Toolkit and FAQ" web page provides access to several freely downloadable documents. The emphasis is on good assessment measures that are free to use. See below:
IAPT Outcomes Toolkit 2008/9 PDF - this 81 page 1.1Mb Adobe PDF is the September 08 version with amended IAPT Paper Based Data Set Questionnaires.
Here are a collection of handouts, questionnaires and information sheets about sleep, ADHD, and fatigue. The sleep handouts are mostly based on Colin Espie's excellent self-help book "Overcoming insomnia and sleep problems" and the intention is that the handouts would be used in conjunction with this book - see the bottom of the page for more details.
Sleep diary, measuring progress - this is a form that can be helpful when measuring overall progress using information from the sleep diaries.
Sleep advice - fairly standard general advice about improving sleep.
Sleep stimulus control - this and sleep restriction (see below) are probably both the most challenging and the most useful components of a CBT approach for insomnia.