Do You Understand Where Your Negative Thoughts Originate From And Know How To Overcome Them?
At The Depression Project, we've had millions and millions of comments on our social media posts, and sadly, many of them have been people saying:
- "I'm unlovable"
- "I'm a failure"
- "I'm worthless"
- "I'm hopeless"
- "I'm a burden"
- "I'm weak"
- "I'm not good enough"
- "Everyone else is better than me"
- "I'm a bad mom / dad / partner"
- "I can't do anything right"
If you have depression, then there's a good chance that you can relate to one or more of these negative thoughts (among others). And, for this reason, we decided to write How To Overcome Your Negative Thoughts.
Here's A Breakdown Of Exactly What This Book Will Cover:
INTRODUCTION: What Negative Thoughts Do People With Depression Commonly Experience – And What Triggers Them?
To begin with, we'll identify the most common negative thoughts that people with depression struggle with - as told to us by members of The Depression Project's community. Additionally, we'll also pinpoint six of the most common ways that these negative thoughts are triggered: by/within your interpersonal relationships; by your emotions; by certain behaviours; by how you feel physically; by your environment; and by common, everyday events.
PART 1: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Strategies To Help You Cope With And Overcome Your Negative Thoughts
A central tenet of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is that your thoughts will have a direct impact on your mood and your behaviours. For example:
- Thinking the negative thought "I'm a failure" can make you feel worthless;
- Thinking the negative thought "I'm a burden" can cause you to feel shame and self-hatred;
- Thinking the negative thought "I'm not good enough" can influence you to not try something that you really want to do;
- Each of these negative thoughts – plus many, many more – can contribute to you feeling depressed.
So, in Part 1 of this book, we're going to teach you a wide variety of CBT strategies, in order to help you:
- Cope with and overcome your negative thoughts;
- Feel much better as a result, and much less inclined to engage in maladaptive behaviours that can end up hurting you;
- Take a big step closer towards overcoming depression.
Part 2: Digging Deeper - Getting To The Root Of Your Negative Thoughts, Conquering Negative Core Beliefs About Yourself, And Replacing Them With Positive Core Beliefs
While on the surface, your negative thoughts are being automatically triggered by/within your interpersonal relationships; by your emotions; by certain behaviours; by how you feel physically; by your environment and/or by common, everyday events, below the surface, they're also likely being fuelled and intensified by deep-seated, negative core beliefs about yourself.
Negative core beliefs about yourself are developed over time - often during childhood - and arguably their most common starting point is one or more difficult, painful experiences. For example:
- If you were bullied throughout school, then it may have led to you developing the negative core belief "I'm a loser".
- If you didn't achieve one or more goals that were extremely important to you, then it may have led to you developing the negative core belief "I'm a failure".
- If you were neglected as a child, then it may have led to you developing the negative core belief "I'm unlovable".
Consequently, in the second part of this book, we will:
- Firstly, explain how negative core beliefs about yourself fuel negative thoughts.
- Secondly, we'll help you pinpoint where any negative core beliefs you have about yourself originate from.
- Thirdly, we're going to help you undo your negative core belief(s) about yourself. In particular, using a number of the CBT strategies that we shared with you in the first part of this book, we're going to help you re-frame the way you perceive any past experiences that your negative core belief(s) originate from - so that you can view them in a much more positive, accurate way, and thereby let go of the negative core belief(s) you have attached to them.
- Lastly, we're going to help you replace your negative core belief(s) about yourself with positive core beliefs - which will contribute to you having less negative thoughts moving forwards, feeling significantly better about yourself, and once again taking a big step closer towards overcoming depression.
FAQ #1: What format does this book come in?
You'll receive How To Overcome Your Negative Thoughts in PDF format, for you to download and read instantly on any device you'd like (or to print it off and read it if you'd prefer).
FAQ #2: Why should you feel confident that this book will be really helpful?
This book is grounded in cognitive behavioural therapy - which in case you don't know, is a leading form of treatment for depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, personality disorders, and a wide range of other mental health issues. It's also been written by therapists at The Depression Project - which with 2,000,000+ followers on Instagram, 1,000,000+ on Facebook, and our posts having been viewed several BILLION times, is one of the world's most popular mental health organisations. We understand depression really, really well, and know exactly how to help people battling this illness get better and back on track to living the life they want.
FAQ#3: What if you give this book a try but you don't like it?
We're extremely, extremely confident that you're going to find How To Overcome Your Negative Thoughts immensely helpful. But, just in case you don't, you're protected by The Depression Project's Personal Guarantee To You!
If you have any questions about How To Overcome Your Negative Thoughts, then please feel free to click here and contact us so that someone from our friendly team can answer them for you :)
Otherwise, we hope you choose to get this book, because we know that you're going to find it really, really helpful!
All our love,
The Depression Project Team.