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What is catastrophizing from anxiety, actually?

In this video, MedCircle host Kyle Kittleson and psychiatrist Dr. Kristy Lamb will be discussing what catastrophizing from anxiety is and how to deal with it.
Catastrophizing is a common, but maladaptive, mental strategy that people use to make events seem more threatening. It is a common cognitive distortion — the tendency to think negative thoughts about events that haven’t actually happened yet.
This can lead to unfounded anxiety or depression, and can interfere with your ability to cope with anxiety problems. It can ruin your happiness and well-being.

Discreet Resource To Help You Overcome Anxiety


In this video, we’re going to talk about how catastrophizing from anxiety can impact your life, and how you can start to overcome it! These anxiety tools can also be used for other cognitive distortions from anxiety.
Not only do they discuss what catastrophizing is, but also how it can impact your anxiety. Discover how to start feeling more in-control with this credentialed mental health education.
  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:33 What is catastrophizing from anxiety?
  • 01:59 Types of cognitive distortions
  • 02:57 Catastrophic thinking example
  • 04:19 How to retrain your brain