Show 165 Catastrophizing as Anxiety Symptom

In this episode, a look at catastrophizing, which is a part of a little pack of demons known as Cognitive Distortions. These SOBs will  have you doing a time warp and not the good one.

I gotta fess up. I am not perfect. Nope. As human as they come. And sometimes that means that I get caught in a time trap of catastrophizing a very small thing into the end of the world. Only thing is, the world doesn't end.

The thing gets handled and I feel like warmed over ice cream. There is a better way. Takes work and practice but we, you and I can learn not to do this. Before we can do better, we have to study the opponent.

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

From the publication known as High Times, there take on mental health and cannabis for anxiety and depression.

From CNBC, CVS is planning on opening HealthHubs as their transition from retail to a health provider continues.

Jasmin Pierre's app The Safe Place is designed for African-Americans to take the stigma out of talking about and seeking help for mental health conditions. There are tools, tips, and topics that center around taking care of your health and your piece of mind in these challenging times. App is currently found on Android and iOS devices. There is also a video by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) with Jasmin talking about her journey to creating the app.

Healthy Psych's page on Identifying Cognitive Distortions. On that site there is a worksheet that can help you map out how you got lost.

Good Therapy has a listing of 20 Cognitive Distortions and How They Affect Your Life

For those that prefer a visual presentation, there in an infographic that makes some of the concepts more visual. You should also check out the PsychCentral post on 10 Proven Methods for Fixing Cognitive Distortion with a Law and Order-ish inspired worksheet.

David D. Burns, M.D. is a medical doctor and author of the book The Feel Good Workbook which claims to help those folks with anxiety and depression conditions. I'm posting it as an option, not an endorsement. I haven't read the workbook. A lot of the psych folks like it.

Doctor Burns has a the Feel Good website with a lot of resources, like a podcast and Facebook live videos.


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