Catastrophic Thinking: A Transdiagnostic Process Across Psychiatric Disorders

Catastrophic thinking: when a person magnifies an external threat and misinterprets and sees it as an internal threat.

Moreover, this type of thinking is a central feature in mental health issues. Consider the following:

Types of catastrophic thinking

  • Panic: catastrophizing of unexpected physical sensations
  • Social Phobia: catastrophizing of social perceptions and consequences
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: catastrophizing of unwanted thoughts
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder: catastrophizing of the returning of danger

and more…

Such thinking is a major component of how anxiety disorders develop and are maintained. Also, catastrophizing creates a cycle that leads the sufferer round and round, without seeing a way out.

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