Cognitive Distortions #7: EMOTIONAL REASONING – What to do When Your Emotions Lie | Dr. Rami Nader



Emotional reasoning is a cognitive distortion that emphasizes that when you experience an emotion, the presence of an emotion is evidence that the reason for the emotion is real or valid. In other words, in emotional reasoning, a person uses the presence or intensity of their emotions as evidence that their emotions are real. The problem with this is that emotions are based on interpretations of events and not the events themselves and, if the interpretations are wrong, the emotion will not match the situation. This can lead to problematic emotions like jealousy, where a person uses the presence of the jealousy itself as evidence to suggest that their partner must be cheating. Emotional reasoning is also very common in anxiety and depression.

To manage emotional reasoning, the first step is to recognize when you are engaging in emotional reasoning and then to remind yourself that emotions lie. It’s important to then look for evidence that both supports and does not support the emotion, so that you can have a more balanced view of the situation. In doing so, you can reduce the impact that emotional reasoning can have on negative emotional states.

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Treatments for Anxiety Disorders

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Treatments for Anxiety Disorders

Exercise is a natural stress-reliever, which can help with anxiety. Regular exercise can reduce your anxiety levels and even improve your mood. Avoid alcohol, recreational drugs, and caffeine, as these can exacerbate your symptoms. Practicing relaxation and stress management techniques are also beneficial for treating anxiety. While many herbal supplements and other remedies for anxiety are available, they contain chemicals that can make your condition worse. It is important to consult a physician if you are unsure about a certain treatment.

Antidepressants, or SSRIs, are the most common treatment options for anxiety. Benzodiazepines (Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil), venlafaxine (Effexor), and fluoxetine (Prozac) are a few of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. Other, less common options are tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors. These treatments are generally effective, but have unpleasant side effects for some people.

Psychotherapy and medication are the most common treatments for anxiety disorders. Psychotherapy involves examining patients’ thoughts and behavior, as well as helping them identify the triggers of their symptoms. Medications can also help patients control their symptoms and live more fulfilling lives. Medications should only be used when necessary. These treatments may require a series of therapies and will be recommended by a qualified healthcare provider. When considering which treatment will work best for you, take your preference into consideration.

Although symptoms of anxiety are normal, if they become severe, doctors should consider referring you to a mental health professional. A psychiatrist or a psychologist is a medical doctor specializing in mental health, and can diagnose anxiety disorders based on the severity of your symptoms. The doctor can prescribe medications and prescribe counseling for the condition. It is important to discuss your symptoms with a mental health specialist, as it is important to know the best way to treat anxiety disorders and prevent them from affecting your life.

Some medications work better for some types of anxiety than others, and your health care provider will recommend the right one for your individual situation. Moreover, certain substances may exacerbate symptoms of anxiety disorder and interact with the medications prescribed for you. To avoid these interactions, talk with your health care provider before using any substances. You may need to try several medicines before finding the right one for your condition. The doctor will be able to tell you what is safe for you and what should be avoided.

Other medications that can help manage anxiety symptoms include anticonvulsants and benzodiazepines. These drugs are commonly prescribed for epilepsy, but they are also effective for treating anxiety. However, the side effects of these drugs include sedation, low sex drive, and nausea. If you’re considering breastfeeding your infant, make sure to carefully consider the risks of drug exposure and inadequate mental health treatment. If you feel that you have an anxiety disorder and cannot cope, consider a different treatment.

Cognitive behavioral therapy involves modifying negative thinking patterns. The therapy may include teaching people how to control their responses to feared situations. Other types of cognitive therapy, such as mindfulness, teach people how to become more relaxed in stressful situations. For more effective anxiety treatment, talk with your doctor about the available medications and their side effects. Once you’ve selected a treatment plan, be sure to stick with it. Abruptly stopping it can cause unpleasant side effects and trigger anxiety symptoms.

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