Unhelpful thinking, why do I think the way I do? What is Negative thinking? Why do I do it? What types of thoughts do I have? Why can it become a problem? What can I do about it?
Depression has a way of taking the joy out of life, with feelings such as apathy, hopelessness, and physical symptoms such as sleep disturbance, aches and pains, tiredness and weight loss.
It can also however change the way we think, and often this is a process we are not really aware of until it happens. What is happening?
Well, depression can involve the interruption of or reduction in chemical messengers in the brain, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine (neurotransmitters).
While this can trigger a variety of processes, one of these is impaired cognition -- or a change in your thinking.
You may have difficulties with your attention, your memory, or potentially not being able to remember recent experiences or details of a significant event.
Decision-making can be impacted resulting in procrastination and can get to the point that even simple decisions can feel overwhelming.
Information processing can be problematic, even if you have been able to store a memory you may not be able to access it!
Of course, we can also see issues with our executive function. You may not have the ‘mental energy’ to get everyday things done like making dinner, returning a phone call, going to a lecture, paying a bill.
If, however, we can understand these processes and identify changes in our thinking early enough, quite often we can use self-help strategies which can help prevent the problem becoming much worse.
This talk will look at negative thinking, focusing on how to identify it, and what we can do to help prevent it from becoming a problem. Also, we will look at what can be done if self-help strategies are not suitable or are ineffective.
This talk will be provided by Colin Hughes, a Mental Health Nurse, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.
“I Have an interest in Anxiety, Depression, Personality Disorders, Self-Harm and Sleep problems. Currently I am a sitting board member of the BABCP and the IABCP.”