you're very welcome- glad I could help :) ! changing my way of thinking is definitely a struggle when my imagination is on overdrive. I know what kind of person I truly am and these crazy/scary/irrational thoughts are nowhere near the kind of person that I am. I definitely agree with the article that the news contributes to negative thinking because that's where my thoughts started. This is a scary world that we live in, and I don't want to hear about it every day when I turn on the tv.
Earlier this week I posted a really good website regarding anxiety self help. During my first and really only experience with panic attacks, my imagination was running wild and I would have HORRIBLE "what-if" thoughts that would make me extremely depressed and anxious, ultimately creating more panic attacks. Even though I would NEVER do any of the crap that ran through my mind and scared the wits out of me,it was hard to just stop thinking about it. Instead of taking medication I sought out professional help and the thoughts diminished. Since my insurance dropped me I haven't been going to therapy anymore and my anxiety has been acting up again. Thank goodness it's not nearly as bad as before, but I'm scared that it'll get that bad. The yucky thoughts come but I reassure myself that nothing will ever happen, I'm not that kind of person, and I have nothing to worry about. I found another reeallyyy good website on how to stop negative thinking so I thought I'd share.
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