Rid yourself of all awfuls, horribles, and terribles
Most patients who seek my clinical help do so when dealing with some sort of adversity. Some of these can be relatively minor – a failed course, a suspended drivers license, an illness that caused the cancellation of a vacation trip. Others loom more serious, all the way from a failed marriage or job loss to a crippling illness or the death of a loved one.While these adversities may indeed be unfortunate, bad, or, in some cases, tragic, the common denominator that brings each of these people to my office is that they view their adversity as catastrophic. By rating their adversity thusly, they bring such feelings on themselves as depression, anxiety, bitterness, guilt, and hopelessness, emotional states that rival in seriousness the original adversities themselves.