Depression and You
Introduction to Depression and you.

Overgeneralizing:
Taking a specific event and generalizing to such an extreme as to include all similar events in our lives. It includes a negative evaluation of ourselves.

Selective Abstracting:
Taking an event and evaluating it by one specific, negative aspect rather than all its parts that give a more accurate and realistic assessment.

Catastrophizing:
Magnifying a negative element of a specific event to such an extent that it is represented as a disaster of catastrophic proportions.

Overpersonalizing:
Accepting too much personal responsibility for a negative situation or outcome.

These paraphrased concepts reflect the work of Aaron T. Beck and The Institute for Cognitive Therapy

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