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How To Think And Feel Better - Using Cognitive Therapy For Depression

One of the most powerful ways to overcome depression is through the use of a psychotherapy known as “Cognitive therapy”. Since the 1960s, cognitive therapy has been used to beat depression so it was been well tested and proven.

So, how does cognitive therapy work? Cognitive therapy is based on the idea that what we think affects how we feel. So in other words, you can change how you feel by changing how you think. This became the key to fighting depression.

By changing how a depressed person thinks, he or she can feel better. It is not life itself that makes you feel depressed, but your own thinking about yourself and your life that is causing your depression.

Changing Distorted Thoughts Using Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Often, a distressed person does not think clearly and has distorted thoughts. Cognitive therapy can help you identify and evaluate these thoughts for you to see if you are being realistic. From there, you can learn how to change your distorted thinking.

Here are examples of distorted thinking commonly used by depressed people:

  1. Over generalization

  2. Having the all or nothing mentality

  3. Not seeing positives but only negatives

  4. Focusing or dwelling on a negative aspect until everything turns dark; or magnifying failures and minimizing achievements

  5. Jumping to negative conclusions

  6. Blaming one’s self for negative events with no realistic basis

With the help of a cognitive therapist, you will be shown how you can examine your negative thoughts or dysfunctional thinking. And once you become aware and acknowledge that these are distorted thoughts, you substitute them with a modified set of beliefs that are based on reality.

How exactly is this done?

For instance instead of thinking that you can’t do it, you start thinking that you can try. And that if you fail, it’s still okay because everyone fails sometimes. This is a healthier way of thinking that you simply can’t do a certain thing.

You can also go further with this situation and realize you will learn something from trying and will continue to learn if you also continue to try.

Here you’re changing your thought pattern from a solid negative, to a positive. You’re breaking the negative down bit by bit by chipping away at it with the positives of trying and benefits of learning from it …which you will get even if you don’t necessarily succeed at what you are trying.

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