M2L3 – Biological or Psychological?

MODULE 2 : Brief Introduction

  • Taking Charge of Anxiety (approach, not avoid)
  • Anxiety levels
  • Tracking your symptoms/identifying your levels – using an example of anxiety occuring in the past week (or recente example that comes to mind) two worksheets – baseline level vs anxiety triggering example level
  • Biological vs Psychological symptoms
  • Imagined exposure

In Module 1 you found a proven topic for your online course. You also developed a name for your course that clearly conveys the value that your course brings to the table.‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌​​‌‌‌​‍‌‌​​‌​​​‍‌‌​​‌​​​‍‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌

And in this module, Module 2, we’re going to build on what you already accomplished.‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌​​‌‌‌​‍‌‌​​‌​​​‍‌‌​​‌​​​‍‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌
Specifically, you’re going to build out your first beta course.
A beta course is like a beta version of software. It lets you gauge demand and work out some of the kinks before you launch your product in the world
And in the 4 lessons in Module 2 I’ll walk you through the entire step-by-step process.

LESSON 3

  • Some of the symptoms described above can have a biological basis. For example, gastrointestinal symptoms (such as IBS) may be due to an undiagnosed intolerance for certain foods; visual disturbances could be due to an undiagnosed ocular problem.
  • It is important therefore to firstly rule out any organic or medical cause for symptoms. A GP will be able to assist and where necessary, refer you to the appropriate specialist.
  • If all possible medical or biological explanations for these symptoms have been ruled out, it suggests the symptoms are probably psychological in nature.
  • A good way to assess this is to consider when the symptoms first started and what was going on in your life at the time (i.e., was it a particularly difficult time emotionally).
  • Another way to assess this is to notice if the symptoms tend to increase when you are feeling stressed or anxious
  • I had a client once who broke out into a rash in the year after his father’s death. He had spent months going to his GP and naturopath trying to assess if there was any medical cause, this had been ruled out.
  • Another way to check this is to track the triggers to your symptoms. For example, a client was tracking the triggers to her migraines. She experienced two in a week. With the first one she had a stressful meeting at work. The second occurred after a fight with her partner. In my clinical work with clients, we carefully track symptoms as they arise in therapy.
  • I have several clients who experience debilitating migraines. During our session, the migraine is sometimes experienced when we are talking about a difficult topic that evokes anxiety. If we switch to a more neutral topic it helps to bring down anxiety and with it, the migraine fades or disappears.