Skip to content

    Mental Health Center

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Stop Negative Thoughts: Choosing a Healthier Way of Thinking - Topic Overview

    How does CBT help you think in a healthy way? continued...

    CBT combines several ways to help you change how you think:

    • You learn to notice irrational thoughts about yourself.
    • You learn to stop the thoughts.
    • You learn to replace the negative thoughts with accurate thoughts.
    • You can learn to relax your mind and body. This can lower your stress.
    • You can learn to manage your time better. This also can lower your stress.

    Although you can use CBT on your own, it's important to talk to your doctor or a counselor if you have symptoms of depression or feel that your mood is getting worse.

    How can you get started doing CBT on your own?

    Learn to stop discouraging yourself with negative thoughts:

    actionset.gif Stop Negative Thoughts: Getting Started

    Learn how to use healthy thinking to prevent or treat some health problems:

    actionset.gif Weight Management: Stop Negative Thoughts
    actionset.gif Anxiety: Stop Negative Thoughts
    actionset.gif Depression: Stop Negative Thoughts

    Learn how to lower your stress:

    actionset.gif Stress Management: Doing Progressive Muscle Relaxation
    actionset.gif Stress Management: Managing Your Time
    actionset.gif Stress Management: Reducing Stress by Being Assertive
    actionset.gif Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
    actionset.gif Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax
    actionset.gif Stress Management: Doing Meditation
    actionset.gif Stress Management: Practicing Yoga to Relax

    How can a counselor help with CBT? How do you find one?

    If you work with a counselor or a therapist, he or she can coach you to do CBT methods on your own.

    There is no special license to show that a counselor has trained in CBT. You need to ask about a counselor's knowledge of CBT.

    Try to find two or three counselors who are licensed by your state. Ask your doctor and family or close friends if they can recommend someone. Licensed counselors may have a doctorate (a Ph.D.) in psychology or a master's degree in social work or counseling.

    You can call the counselors for a brief phone interview. Ask them if they have training in CBT and if they use it often.

    Pick the counselor you feel most comfortable with.

    For more information, see:

    Depression.
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
    Social Anxiety Disorder.
    Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder.
    Insomnia.
    Stress Management.
    Managing Job Stress.
    Weight Management.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    1 | 2
    1 | 2
    Next Article:

    Stop Negative Thoughts: Choosing a Healthier Way of Thinking Topics

    Today on WebMD

    contemplation
    Differences between feeling depressed or feeling blue.
    lunar eclipse
    Signs of mania and depression.
     
    man screaming
    Causes, symptoms, and therapies.
    woman looking into fridge
    When food controls you.
     
    Woman standing in grass field barefoot, wind blowi
    Article
    senior man eating a cake
    Article
     
    Phobias
    Slideshow
    woman reading medicine warnings
    Article
     
    depressed young woman
    Article
    man with arms on table
    Article
     
    veteran
    Article
    man cringing and covering ears
    Article
     

    WebMD Special Sections