Depression is a very complex condition with many possible causes, but it is a generally accepted fact among mental health professionals that our moods result from our thoughts. This is the first principle of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Controlling and managing our thoughts plays a very important role in preserving our mental health or restoration of mental health for those suffering from depression. In this regard the concept of “truth” is very important. According to Dr. Neil Nedley, “Telling ourselves and others the truth by removing cognitive distortions is a major tool in improving emotional intelligence, personal relationships, and ultimately, our success in life.”

Distorted thinking is very common among people suffering from depression. This form of thinking makes us vulnerable to depression. An example is all-or-nothing thinking which provides only two choices. For those stuck in this pattern of thinking everything is either black or white, good or bad, great or awful etc.

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