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All-or-Nothing Thinking

By September 8, 2011

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People with panic disorder tend to fall into negative thinking patterns, known as cognitive distortions. Negative thinking has a way of making us feel more anxious, fearful, and depressed. This month, I'm going to be sharing information about 10 different cognitive distortions and ways to get past these types of faulty thinking.

All-or-nothing thinking is one cognitive distortion that is common among people with anxiety- and depression-related conditions. When thinking this way, we only see things in extremes. We may have irrational beliefs, such as thinking that we are either highly successful or complete failures. All-or-nothing thinking prevents us from seeing the middle ground in our personal abilities and life situations.

Read the complete article on All-or-Nothing Thinking for case examples and information on ways to overcome this cognitive distortion.

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