CBT Can Help Defeat Negative Thoughts Depression and anxiety impact millions of people on a daily basis. For some, the symptoms are troubling but not so severe that they\u2019re unable to function. For others, the symptoms can be debilitating, resulting in lost work time, damaged relationships, and even the ability to hold down a job. Numerous different prescription medications are available to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, even though a pill may be easier, less expensive, and more convenient to take, most experts agree that therapy should be the predominant form of treatment for both depression and anxiety. One of the most effective \u2013 and widely researched \u2013 types of therapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). If you suffer from depression or anxiety, you should know: CBT can help defeat negative thoughts. How CBT Can Help Defeat Negative Thoughts Often referred to as simply \u201cCBT\u201d, this type of therapy was developed nearly half a century ago by Dr. Aaron Beck. Dr. Beck was a psychiatrist who recognized that his depressed patients\u2019 thoughts and feelings were strongly connected. They all held negatively distorted \u201ccore beliefs\u201d that significantly impacted the way they viewed themselves, their experiences (and the world in general), and their future. These underlying beliefs triggered faulty assumptions and irrational or unrealistic thoughts that Beck referred to as \u201cthinking errors\u201d. Beck ensured that CBT can help defeat negative thoughts. Examples of thinking errors include: \tAll or nothing thinking (e.g. statements that involve \u201calways\u201d or \u201cnever\u201d) \tDiscounting the positive while focusing on the negative \tJumping to conclusions \t\u201cShould\u201d statements (\u201cI shouldn\u2019t have said anything!\u201d) \tCatastrophizing (e.g. viewing a situation or event as much worse than it really is or will likely be) \tMaking something personal when it isn\u2019t (e.g. your boyfriend breaks up with you because you\u2019ll be attending colleges on opposite sides of the country, but you insist it\u2019s because he doesn\u2019t care about you anymore) \tEmotional reasoning (e.g. making a decision based on feelings rather than facts) \tOvergeneralizing (e.g. making a sweeping generalization based on one incident or limited information) \tLabeling (e.g. you make a mistake on a report and call yourself an idiot) Lucida Treatment Helps With Depression and Anxiety As humans, we\u2019re all prone to thinking errors from time to time. However, for those struggling with depression or any type of anxiety disorder, these irrational and negative thoughts occur on a very regular basis - if not constantly. That underlying pattern fuels depression or anxiety (or both, as they often occur together). And of course, maladaptive behaviors (e.g. using alcohol to cope, or avoiding situations that make you feel anxious) occur in reaction to the negative thoughts and feelings. It doesn\u2019t take long for it to become a vicious circle that continues to reinforce itself. CBT can help defeat negative thoughts, but so can other forms of therapy! Therapy tackles the psychological roots of depression and anxiety. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you overcome depression. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's depression and anxiety treatment center include: \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want to get end your depression or anxiety, Lucida Treatment can help! For help tackling your depression or anxiety, contact us online or call us today at !