10 Negative Thoughts Anxiety and Depression

When negative thoughts anxiety are recurring can negatively affect your life, cause anxiety, stress, depression and generally worsen your quality of life.

Everything worries you, your heart beats for a thousand an hour, you have a choking sensation, intrusive thoughts appear, you think something bad is going to happen to you…

10 Negative Thoughts of Anxiety and Depression

Negative thoughts of anxiety.

These negative thoughts anxiety have the ability to make a mountain of a grain of sand, an avalanche of a few snowflakes and all thanks to our ability to imagine and anticipate negative events that probably do not occur.

And if they happen they will not be half as bad as you thought. Just as we are what we eat, we are what we think and according to our thoughts will be our state of mind, our ability to face the different setbacks that we are encountering in our life.

Throughout my career as a psychologist I have treated numerous patients with anxiety problems and everyone, somehow or other, showed that anxiety was the result of excessive concern about the future which in turn was maintained by different negative thoughts.

This way of thinking gives rise to erroneous beliefs about the world around you and leads you to have what is called “cognitive bias” that is a tendency to misunderstand what we perceive.

This leads to a distortion of reality, an inaccurate judgment that leads us to have a misinterpretation of reality.

10 Negative Thoughts of Anxiety and Depression

I have compiled the 10 negative thoughts that I consider to be the ones that most manifest in anxiety, with which you constantly have to deal with and with which you will feel in some way identified.

1-Polarized thinking

The person thinks that things have to be either very good or very terrible, do not contemplate what I call the gray scale.

The person is inflexible to think that there can exist very good things, good, normal, a little bad, etc.

This person thinks he is perfect (perfection does not exist, we build each one) or is a failure, which implies a constant imbalance, a struggle between highs and lows.

2-Over generalization

The person draws a general conclusion from a simple incident or an unpleasant situation.

For example, if you go to a job interview and they do not choose you, you think you’ll never find a job.

The most used words in these cases are: never, anybody, always, none, everything…

3-Interpretation of thought

This thought is one of the most I like and I usually find a lot in consultation.

We play to be seers, we believe we have the skills to guess the thought of others and make this an art.


This supposed ability turns against you, the more elaborate and sophisticated it is, the more it will carry you along the path of anxiety.

Without a word, even without knowing the other person you are able to know what they think, what others are going to do and why they behave as they do.

All this with a certainty that you do not question, here is the irrational.

4-Catastrophic vision

This is a classic when it is over- activated by anxiety and contributes to remain over-activated, since there is a false belief that if we relax we can happen that supposed catastrophe that we imagine.

Worry is used here, with all the anxiety it involves, as a coping strategy. The person interprets what he hears around him as negative and you begin to say phrases that start with: and if……….no it is going to be that … you are constantly advancing to a supposed tragedy.

5-Fallacies of control

This is a thought of feeling as externally controlled; it sees itself as helpless, as a victim of fate.

This fallacy of internal control makes the person responsible for the suffering or happiness of those around him.

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6-Guilt

Guilt is the most harmful thought of all and anchors us in the past.

A past that cannot be changed and in the struggle to think that it is possible to change appears the verb: “if there was or there would be”, that the only thing they trigger is more anxiety.

He is often blamed for the problems of others and charges them as his own.

7-They should

It is the typical thought of a rigid person; these people usually have a self-imposed list of rigid rules about how they and others should act.

If the people around you violate these rules you become angry and also feel guilty if you violate them yourself.

8-Emotional Reasoning

This thought is a bias with which it is believed that what one feels would have to be true automatically.

If a person feels that a thing is stupid and boring, it automatically attributes itself as stupid and boring to itself.

9-Fallacy of change

This thought is another self-generated deception that causes the person to expect others to change if he influences them enough.

The person with this thought needs to make people change because their hope of being happy seems to depend entirely on it.

Leave your well-being in the hands of others and this generates a constant emotional struggle.

10-Fallacy of the divine reward

Here the person, who is usually a believer in a divine force, expects to one day receive all the sacrifice and self-denial, as if there were someone who would bear the bills.

It affects him a lot that this supposed reward does not come, an example is: “with everything I care about others and God does not help me”.

All these thoughts experienced with a certain degree of realism contribute to produce and above all maintain the unpleasant anxiety.

If you know these thoughts and identify them you will be able to make them aware and therefore realize how much they affect you in the day to day.

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