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Health.com: Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks to Turn It Around

Avoid black and white thinking

Black and white is great for zebras, but not thoughts. Depressed people tend to think in extremes: I’m a loser. No one loves me. I’ll never get a job.

But your thought patterns could put you in a rut or keep you there. “Being depressed or sad is going to color the way you think about yourself in a negative direction,” says Rego.

These thoughts can paralyze you and stop you from doing the very things that will get you out of a lousy situation. Try to think in shades of gray, says David R. Blackburn, PhD,a psychologist with Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Instead of “no one loves me,” try “lots of people (if not everybody) love me.”

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