Rethink your thinking (and how you feel) in new psychologist-led skills group

thinkingBy Jeffrey Field
October 18, 2017

We don’t give our thinking a lot of thought, but it could be dragging us down.

The University of Kansas Health System's Integrative Medicine is launching a four-week group program designed to help us identify and evaluate how automatic thoughts can motivate or discourage us.

These automatic thoughts pop into our heads as a response to things we sense or do. We see a puppy in the park. We smell food in the oven. We get invited to a meeting in the boss’s office. Our first thoughts may shape our interactions in these moments.

Negative thoughts — What if the puppy bites? What if the food tastes bad? Am I about to lose my job? — may prove self-defeating.

People with depression or anxiety disorders may find that negative automatic thoughts may provoke and worsen those conditions.

These automatic thoughts play a big role in our mood, even if we’re not aware it’s happening.

“People don’t pay a lot of attention to it,” said Dr. Angela Banitt Duncan, a clinical psychologist at Integrative Medicine.

She said the four-week skills group will pay the subject a lot of attention, teaching participants how to identify automatic thoughts and what to do about them.

The four hour-long programs begin Thursday, November 30 at noon at Integrative Medicine (map) and meet again for the following three Thursdays. It costs $160 per person to take part.

If you’d like to learn more, call The University of Kansas Health System's Integrative Medicine at 913-588-6208. Space is limited to the first eight people who commit.

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