A primary purpose of Oak Health Foundation is to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicide attempts. And even in September, the national Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we tend only to scratch the surface of this sometimes sensitive and troubling concern. The subject matter of suicide can conjure up a variety of responses, especially if […]
Disqualifying the positive means to write off or dismiss one’s own positive characteristics or experiences in their life. In other words, the individual will explain away positive experiences in their life as something that “doesn’t count” or that they just “got lucky.”
Magnification and minimization are negative, unhealthy thought patterns where an individual magnifies or exaggerates the negative aspects of their life while ignoring or minimizing their own accomplishments, abilities, or positive experiences.
Guilt and shame are two very powerful emotions that have the potential to affect our lives in both positive and negative ways, as well as how to cope when feelings of guilt and shame are overwhelming you.
“Should” statements are negative and unhealthy thinking patterns. Should statements are thoughts that you make to yourself about what you and others “should” or “ought” to do. We all have these “should” statements in our heads. At times, we tell ourselves things like “we should get started early on this project” or “we should do
What are Cognitive Distortions? Cognitive Distortions are ways of thinking that are unhelpful and untrue. These untrue and unhelpful patterns of thought are very common in patients that suffer from depression and anxiety disorders. Today, we will be examining two cognitive distortions in particular: all-or-none thinking and overgeneralization. How Cognitive Distortions affect us: The cognitive
Mental filtering occurs when you pick out only a negative aspect of any situation and dwell on only this negative aspect while filtering out all the positive aspects. When someone falls into the trap of mental filtering, they cannot see the big picture and can only focus on the negative details. Because more often than not they are not aware that mental filtering is happening, they conclude that the entire situation is negative.
Even though we may think we have an accurate perception of the world we live in, we can fall into certain negative thought patterns, or cognitive distortions, which are incorrect and unrealistic ways of thinking about the world. Because thoughts have such a huge sway on our moods and emotions, we need to be mindful
Depression is one of the primary emotional struggles that we psychiatrists and therapists see in our patients. Many of us struggle with it on our own as well. In fact, depression is the most common illness in the United States, affecting almost 15 million adults in a given year – that is more than diagnoses