Video: How Do You Stop Catastrophic Thinking?

Here is a short video I put together about anxiety and catastrophic thinking. Catastrophic thinking is a classic symptom of anxiety, in which one of our normal everyday thoughts balloons into a horrible life and death scenario in our minds.

For instance, many people struggling with anxiety experience catastrophic thinking when it comes to bodily sensations and health anxiety. One scenario might look like this - you experience a hunger pang, "I guess I'm hungry," "but I just ate 2 hours ago," "I shouldn't be hungry already," "oh well, I guess I must be...," "or maybe there's something wrong with my stomach," "maybe it's stomach cancer," "no, that's silly," "uh oh, there it is again," ''oh my God, I have stomach cancer!"

Humans have tens of thousands of thoughts everyday. Most of them drift in and out of our minds in a fraction of a second. Anxiety can sometimes cause us to latch onto one or more of those innocent thoughts and carry them to an extreme and unrealistic end. Sometimes we even know that we are doing this, but we do it anyways. Classic anxiety!

Check out my brief video below about how that catastrophic thinking process works and how mindfulness or "being in the present" can help. You can also read/watch more about resisting anxious thoughts with mindfulness in a previous post of mine.