Don’t Let Your Negative Thoughts Run Your Life
- Do your negative thoughts play like a broken record in your brain?
- Do you feel like your negative thoughts keep you from living a life full of happiness and joy?
- Can one negative interaction cause a bad mood for the entire day?
- Do you often think other people’s behaviors are because of something you did?
Ever feel like you are in Groundhog’s Day with your negative thought cycle? Having occasional anxious thoughts is normal, but you might feel like you’ve lost control over your own mind and emotions when negative thoughts repeat day in and day out. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps you pay more attention to those thoughts and feelings and then choose different behaviors.
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Is CBT Really Going to Work for Me?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most researched and successful modalities of therapy being practiced today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, various studies have shown similarly lower levels of depression and anxiety among clients who use CBT versus those who use medication to treat mental health issues.
CBT also works alongside other forms of therapy, such as mindfulness and trauma-based approaches. Experiencing trauma can cause PTSD, anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, defensiveness, mistrust, and isolation. CBT allows people to recognize those response patterns and choose different thoughts and associated actions.
If CBT sounds like something you’d like to pursue, Memor Health wants to help you find the right fit. Many of our therapists offer CBT, and depending on your provider, many doctors registered as a psychologist Ph.D., licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and certified counselors offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Yes, You Can Take Back Control of Your Mind
CBT works by putting you as the detective of your own life experience. You can shift from doom-and-gloom thinking to pulling back and saying, “yep, that’s black and white thinking again.” Easier said than done, we know, but with the right behavioral therapy, you can empower change.
Your behavioral health therapist might have you journal daily thoughts and feelings or create a mood or interaction logs to investigate under-the-surface issues and challenge automatic responses. You might also reflect on a bad day to connect moods to preceding interactions. Often, clients who work with CBT report a newfound awareness of repetitive thought patterns. Doing this work allows you to identify cascading thoughts, regain your locus of control, and surrender to what is not within your power.
Although outside factors affect us, they don’t have to control us. While we can often feel like since things are happening to us — pandemics, loss, global events — we have no agency over how we feel. At Memor Health, we want to validate the effects that negative situations can cause on your life. We also want to help you find your inner power to choose your thoughts and actions to create the life you want.
We all have stressors and thought distortions that create our realities. We want to help you make the choice in the way you see, and interact with the world so that you can regain a balanced life.