Thinking styles that increase the chances of depression and anxiety

Posted on September 25, 2014

Results from a recent large survey of over 32,000 adults of all ages in the UK show that traumatic life events are the main reason people suffer from anxiety and depression.

However, the way a person thinks about, and deals with, stressful events is as much an indicator of the level of stress and anxiety they feel.

Whilst we can’t change a person’s family history or their life experiences, it is possible to help a person to change the way they think and to teach them positive coping strategies that can mitigate and reduce stress levels.

Crucially, there are three thinking and behavioural styles which tend to increase the chance someone would experience depression and anxiety:

1. Rumination: when depressing thoughts roll around-and-around in the mind.
2. Lack of adaptive coping: examples include failing to seek support from others, eating poorly, not exercising and failing to anticipate stressful episodes.
3. Self-blame: this is a very toxic type of mental habit. Unsurprisingly, its opposite, self-acceptance, is a key happy habit.

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Category(s):Anxiety, Depression

Source material from PSY Blog