Cognitive distortions are distorted or dysfunctional ways that we think about events in our lives. For many of us, engaging in negative thought patterns (whether we are aware of them or not) often result in fatigue and high levels of stress.
For many families, caretakers, and friends of individuals with a severe or untreated illness, negative thought patterns often lead to depression and high levels of stress.
I’m a big proponent of authenticity and looking at life realistically. But this often entails considering the ways in which we think about life and thinking about thinking (i.e.,our thinking patterns). It also entails making changes in our lives.
Sustaining a balanced perspective about what is currently transpiring in your life is often difficult to do when nothing in your world seems positive. There are 3 major patterns of thought I believe humans engage in while under extraordinary stress and emotional strain:
-“I should know so much more about mental illness”
-“I should be able to handle this stressor”
-“I should be stronger than this”
The above cognitive distortions are very typical and can result in a reduction in your level of confidence and hope. Distorted thinking patterns are narrow and do not allow a balanced view of the events occurring in your life. However, there are things you can do to combat the 3 major poor thinking patterns above:
Distorted thoughts can truly affect your emotions, outlook, and behavior in negative ways. Try to combat this with things you like to do and can easily implement into your weekly schedule. Try to treat yourself well during times of extreme stress, worry, depression, and anxiety.
All the best
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Last reviewed: 16 Mar 2013