How to Stop Catastrophizing: An Expert’s Guide

Managing anxiety can be a real battle, so when finding useful information I like to share it in hopes of helping someone else. Understanding our anxiety is the best way to manage it, you’ll find more articles on my home page in Categories / Mindfulness.

‘If you are a catastrophiser and you would rather not be, how do you go about making changes?’
If you are a catastrophiser and you would rather not be, how do you go about making changes?’
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A clinical psychologist suggests a three-pronged plan for tackling anxiety and approaching each day logically and positively.

Let us start by considering why some people catastrophise – that is, on hearing uncertain news, they imagine the worst possible outcome. After all, it is not uncommon and those who catastrophise seem to do it a lot. Catastrophisers tend to be fairly anxious people. Whether this characteristic is principally genetic or more the result of learning is unknown. High levels of anxiety are extremely unpleasant, so we look for ways to discharge those unpleasant feelings as quickly as possible. If a catastrophiser is told something inconclusive – for example, if they go to a GP and are asked to have tests – they look for a way to feel in control again immediately. They learn to choose the worst possible outcome because it allows for the greatest sense of relief when they are reassured…. Continue Reading

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