Pause for thought

Think of a time in your life when you felt particularly unhappy, fearful or stressed. Can you recall the sorts of thoughts that went through your head when you were in that state? How did you see yourself? Other people? The future?

Next time you are in a situation in which upsetting emotions wash over you, try to become aware of changes in your thinking by tuning into your thoughts and impressions. Do they have a distinctive character or quality at odds with the way you see things when feeling calmer or more upbeat?

Beck’s basic principles have been adapted and customised to create treatment packages for a huge range of conditions. Originally most closely associated with the treatment of depression and anxiety, CBT protocols ...

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