Catastrophisation

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I hope that somebody can give me some advice. Whenever I am faced with a difficult situation I always assume that the very worst thing will happen and think about it constantly - literally every few seconds with thoughts continually running "in the background".

I have received CBT as recently as this year and am aware of "catastrophisation" but I can't seem to stop it. If I follow the advice of using evidence to challenge my previous negative thinking i am left thinking that this next problem is "the big one", the one that will finally prove that I was right all along.

A problem at work has brought this to a head again and I have spent the whole of the two weeks over Christmas imagining letters and conversations which ultimately lead to my bankruptcy, loss of house and future etc.

Any advice gratefully received
 
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I do this reguarly... all scary things are going to happen to me. Bailiffs are going to turn up reguarly even though I have now sorted my money and am paying off things.

With CBT I have found that sometimes it better to concentrate on the behaviour rather than the thoughts. Distraction works for me sometimes... Daft things like I ll have a shower or I ll start to clean up or I ll put my fave song on a cd on full blast. This has helped me kinda prang my thinking or I simply dont think about it at that moment in time and maybe revisit the thought when I am feeling a little brighter. Dunno if this helps??
 
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Many thanks for your thoughts. I know this kind of approach works for short periods of time but it doesn't remove the nagging feeling in the back of my mind. I regularly find myself actively searching out the issue in my head and bringing it to the front of my thoughts.

What I am doing at the moment is taking an issue and thinking through the most extreme consequences. What is very difficult is that in my own mind I can see why these consequences are not only plausible but actually extremely likely
 
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If they are likely... is there anything you can do to relive the stress a bit. Citizens advice beureau are very good in helping with financial issues as are the Consumer Credit Councellin Service.. Hpe this helps a little. Taling to anyone you owe debt to is always beneficial beacuse they no whats happening if you talk to them!

Take Care

Intel
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I was very much in that mindset until I started to practice mindfulness. I've been meditating since I was in my teens but this is a much simpler way. You can get books and CDs from www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness or, if you have iTunes, there's 10 minute podcasts - just search mindfulness. It's not a miracle cure but it can help enormously and you can do it anywhere with a little practice.