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Do you find yourself trapped in negative thought patterns and don’t know how to escape them? Negative thoughts can change how you perceive your current life and your ability to plan for a promising future. Montare Behavioral Health of Tucson teaches people to change their negative thinking to a more positive way of approaching life. Our skilled therapists help you reframe how you view the world and your place in it. Our residential program offers a warm and inviting setting to put aside the daily grind of life and learn to improve your mental health. We set you up to return home with the ability to set goals and have faith that you can live in a more positive state of mind. 

What Are Negative Thoughts and What Causes Them?

Most people strike a balance between seeing the glass as half-full at times and half-empty at other times. Yet some people get stuck in constantly thinking negative thoughts. They can present as feeling that a current situation is hopeless or that past acts or circumstances were nothing but negative in nature. A person can also develop a habit of assuming anything coming up, like a job interview, a first date, or driving somewhere unfamiliar will result in nothing but negative repercussions. 

A person can engage in negative thinking because it was modeled to them by parents or other people influential in their formative years. Other people experience a few negative events and believe that life will always pile on them. As a result, they try to anticipate everything as ultimately being impossible, problematic, or destructive. Having a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety can also cause a person to live in a cycle of negativity. 

How Negative Thoughts Can Be Problematic

Negative thoughts are more than just a way of thinking. They can directly impact a person’s mental health and keep them from healing from a mental health disorder. Negative thinking also contributes to developing disorders such as depression and anxiety. It can also cause a person to have medical issues such as body aches, headaches, and digestive difficulties if they do not learn to improve their mental health. A person’s thoughts directly impact their emotions and their behaviors, including both how they act or react to others. 

How to Get Rid of Negative Thoughts

Several approaches to stopping a pattern of negative thoughts can be used. Many people find success when practicing mindfulness, which has its roots in meditation. The individual learns to detach from their negative thoughts and learn to change them. 

When someone has a negative thought, they can ask themselves to take a step back before they react to it. Helpful questions to ask themselves are:

  • Is this black-and-white thinking or is the situation not as simple as that?
  • Am I jumping to a conclusion without considering all the facts?
  • Am I taking something personal when it’s not actually about me?
  • Do I think there is a simple and unwavering way I or others “should” feel, think, or act, when in fact other options might be available?
  • Am I convinced that every situation will end in disaster when I have the power to change some things?
  • Do I engage in self-fulfilled prophecies by saying or feeling something is negative and then consciously or subconsciously taking steps to make sure that’s what happens?
  • Am I afraid to trust that positive things can happen because I fear I can’t handle them when they don’t?

Can Treatment Help With Reframing Negative Thoughts?

A variety of therapies can help people break the habit of having negative thoughts. In fact, negative thinking is often one of the cornerstones when it comes to symptoms of a mental health disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps by teaching people to identify their negative thought patterns and restructure them into helpful ones. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can also help by teaching people to regulate their emotions and not rely on inaccurate negative thoughts. 

Many people also find that holistic therapy helps them reshape how they view the world. This type of therapy involves using activities like yoga, meditation, and acupuncture to align a person’s mind, body, and spirit. When the three parts of a person are in tune with each other, it’s easier to naturally feel at peace and discard negative thought patterns. 

Contact Our Behavioral Health Treatment Center in Tucson, AZ

Do people notice that you think negatively about most things in your life such as your ability to be happy or handle adversity? Many people with mental health disorders because stuck in a constant pattern of negative thoughts. This impacts their ability to participate fully in life and can even make attending initial treatment sessions unproductive. Montare Behavioral Health of Tucson offers a series of therapies that help people recognize their negative thinking and turn it around. Whether you struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or other types of mental illness, we can show you how to put an end to the negativity that limits you.

Visit our admissions page today and discover how easy it is to get the help you deserve. We can help you discover the positive side of living.