When one is down, it is easy to assume that our moods control our
thoughts. Psychologists and therapists used to think that our moods
controlled our thoughts. However, research has proven that our thoughts
control our moods.
has stressors, it is how you interpret the stressors that make a
difference. Self-talk is how we talk to ourselves. Everybody does it.
It's called thinking. Cognitive distortions refer to those thoughts that
are plausible but not correct or accurate. Click on this cognitive distortion link and start learning about them.
Rumination appears to be the foundation of depression. It is the "pilot
light" that is in place to start a depression. Rumination means
dwelling on bad events or bad situations over and over again. Sometimes
those thoughts are "I am ashamed of myself" or perhaps "I should have
said this or that." The thoughts could be thoughts of inferiority or
resentment as well as other types. In Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) the event is replayed over and over again.
The combination of cognitive distortions and rumination may lead to a
deep depression. To understand depression and addictions, look at the
cognitive model for depression and the cognitive model for addiction on
the following tabs.
"A man may dwell upon a thought so long that it may take him prisoner."