If you or a loved one is among the 9 percent of Americans living with?depression, you know that it can be a complicated condition. Finding a path to healing ? and turning negative thinking to?positive thinking?? often takes more than just medication.
Depression can be so challenging, in part, because it alters your general way of thinking. Although a person who doesn’t have depression will have a normal mix of positive and negative thoughts each day, having depression tends to make you filter the world through negative thoughts to the point that it distorts reality and your overall outlook on life. Instead of seeing the glass as half full, you may see it as empty.
Simon Rego, PsyD, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, has seen this negative thinking overwhelm people. The problem, he says, is that people with depression get caught in a dangerous spiral, where depression leads to negative thinking, and negative thinking makes them even more depressed.?…read more