Challenge Your Negative Thoughts

Those who grow up with ADHD (particularly if it was undiagnosed), often encounter frequent and frustrating life situations — in their social interactions, work and everyday organization. Because of these challenges, adults with ADHD often become self-critical and pessimistic.  

Many of us experience negative emotions, cognitive distortions, and unhealthy self-beliefs. CBT can help us to change our irrational thought patterns and challenge the negative thoughts that prevent us from staying on task and accomplishing projects.

CBT Tool To Try

Learn to challenge your negative thoughts and self-talk. Take a moment to step back and consider your situation and thoughts from a new perspective. Is this a real thought or a fabricated one?

Each question is designed to lead you to assess your negative thought and look at it more objectively.

  1. Is there substantial evidence for my thought? 
  2. Is there evidence, contrary to my thought? 
  3. Am I attempting to interpret this situation without all the evidence? 
  4. What would a friend think about this situation? 
  5. If I look at the situation positively, how is it different? 
  6. Will this matter a year from now? How about five years from now? 

Thank you to Therapist Aid for the great inspiration.