Mental Health Tip of the Day: Challenge unhealthy thoughts

When we believe that our emotions are a reality, we are victim to emotional reasoning. We disregard all evidence contrary to the thought/emotion we have as a result of this cognitive distortion. I feel that I am worthless; therefore, I must be worthless. I feel lonely; therefore, no one cares abo...

Jumping to Conclusions: The Relationship Kryptonite

You are driving down the street minding your own business when suddenly someone cuts you off.  All of a sudden, you feel that little twinge. You know what twinge I am talking about.  It is that split second when your temperature starts to elevate, heart rate increases, and muscles get tense. On...

How to Combat A “Worst-Case Scenario” Mindset

Introduction When a person experiences an uncomfortable emotion, it is usually preceded by any number of unhelpful self-statements and thoughts. Often there is a pattern to such thoughts, which are called “cognitive distortions.” Cognitive distortions are patterns of inaccurate, negative thin...