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30 Common Cognitive Distortions – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

The brain continually processes information, whether a person is conscious of the fact or not. Much of this consists of signals sent to organs and areas of the body, to ensure functionality and maintain order. However, there are times where the brain attempts to convince a person of something that isn’t exactly true. From over analyzing an event to attempting to back up a bad decision with rational thought, nearly everyone experiences something known as a cognitive distortion.

Cognitive distortions do not fall under a one size fits all definition though. There are, in fact, many different variations of cognitive distortions. Identifying and understanding the most common variants can help an individual not only correct these distortions and prevent the mental distraction, but also learn why the brain acts as it does. Here are 30 of the most common cognitive distortions nearly any individual might experience in their given life.

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General Growth

Heartbreaking Life Advice From 27-Year-Old Cancer Victim Goes Viral

Each day is truly a blessing. I sometimes forget and was reminded after reading this letter. I’ve shared it so all of you can read it and truly know how lucky you are. When living with Bipolar Disorder, we think of ourselves as having nothing and fail to appreciate how lucky we are.

This letter was written by a young cancer victim Holly Butcher. She was 27 years old :(. Here’s her letter in her own words…

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Extra Income General Growth

3 Career Options to Consider If You Want a Change

I know it can be hard to hold down a job when living with Bipolar Disorder. I was very fortunate enough to find my passion which was blogging. I’m more like a freelancer writing content on a contract basis. It helps pay my bills and I’m getting by just fine. However, through blogging I have been able to connect with different people and hear what they have to say. Even though, I’m a blogger, it’s important to keep my options open because you never know when things will shift leaving me in a tight spot. I do take time to explore other options and have come across a few awesome opportunities if your willing to put in some time and effort. Before I continue, here’s what so special about these opportunities –

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Extra Income

Survey Momma – Earn Money for Each Survey You Complete

I’m always looking for ways to make money from home. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I found it hard for me to settle into a job away from home. So, I started blogging online and tried to find new ways to earn money online. I’ve been freelancing for several years finding job on Problogger.com. Anyways, I want to review survey companies I’ve been introduced to over the years.

Lately, many of you have posted on my Facebook page asking for legitimate companies that allow you to complete paid surveys at home. It’s hard to know what’s legitimate and what’s not since there are so many different scams out there. I’ll be honest some are scams, but others do pay you for your opinion.

Survey Momma is a new survey company I’ve come across. They are 100% free to join. The company connects you with other survey companies that want to hear your opinion.

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Changing Habits General Growth

Why Bipolar Disorder is So Hard to Diagnose, and What You Can Do About It

It’s weird because we’re so used to having clear-cut answers in life. When I would have a cold, I would go to the doctor and he would prescribe antibiotics. The point is he knew what’s wrong with me and what needed to be done to make me feel better. I know bipolar disorder is a lot more complicated and I wish it wasn’t. For starters, I had symptoms of bipolar for three years before even seeking help. It’s because I had no clue about bipolar disorder and never heard of it. My psychiatrist was the first one to tell me I was bipolar and I asked him – what does that mean? He then explained it in detail. After was the long journey of trying to find the right combination of medications compatible with me. Medications with the least side-effects. At the same time, I started a lengthy research process on trying to find out as much as possible about bipolar disorder. It was a hard reading about a mental illness with no cure. A mental illness which takes time for you to find an equal ground or – find stability.

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Inspirational Quotes

October 5th, 2017: Inspirational And Motivational Quotes

Inspiration and motivation – ThinkGrowProsper 

Our own beliefs limit us! You need to know it’s mind over matter and you have the power to change everything. You have the power to remove every limitation you are faced with. You have the power to be completely free!

The difference between those who are happy and those that are not is the following –

Happy people know they can conquer everything. They remove every limitation by changing their mindset. Unhappy people look for external reasons to make them happy. They look for external factors to remove the limitations in their lives.

Every morning repeat the following three times – I have the power to change my beliefs, my surroundings, and my life.  

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General Growth Success

What I Do When I Feel Like Giving Up on Life

I have my days where I feel like completely giving up on life. Some days, I feel like I’m progressing just fine, but others I have these negative thoughts which keep entering my mind. I guess I feel like giving up on the days I’m faced with extra challenges or when I’m plain old tired. It’s amazing because some days I feel like I can change the world, then “boom” something happens and I feel like I have no control at all. It’s a vicious cycle which never stops and I don’t think it will.

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Growth Success

Why Fear Is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy!

Being scared sucks. You feel weak when you’re afraid of things because in society people look at weak people as less. I look at being scared as having fear of doing things. It’s a feeling which stops you dead in your tracks because the fear of something happening is the same as being scared of it happening. Does that make sense? Anyways, an interesting story made me want to put this content together. It’s more of an open journal entry for all of you to read. I’m always trying to make sense of my feelings so they work for me not against me. I’m trying to be more conscious about my feelings and how they improve me as a person. So, let me tell you what happen today which made me want to write this journal entry (content).

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General Support Group Q & A

Depakote (Divalproex Sodium) Side Effects, Ratings, and Patient Comments

Earlier this week, I posted on my Facebook page asking for reviews on Depakote (Divalproex Sodium). The feedback was overwhelming with over 20 comments posted.

From all the other reviews I’ve read, Depakote did received mixed reviews. What’s more interesting is when you do a search on Google for “Depakote”, you’ll find a lot of mixed reviews too. For example, the average rating given to Depakote is 3.0/5. Next, based on 23015 reviews, here’s the top 7 side-effects reported…

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Celebrities with Bipolar

Celebrities with Bipolar – AJ Mendez (Lee)

Welcome to another post on Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder. These stories are motivational because it shows you how bipolar doesn’t have to slow you down. It doesn’t have to stop you from conquering your goals. The celebrities I write about in these posts have either been recently diagnosed or been living with bipolar for several years. But, they have found ways to use their diagnosis to help others and push harder to conquer their dreams. I want you to do the same by using these stories as inspiration.

Today, we’ll be exploring AJ Mendez, or better known as AJ Lee. She is an American author and retired professional wrestler. She was diagnosed with bipolar in her early twenties. She had previously experienced adverse effects from a misdiagnosis of depression and overdosed on antidepressants and painkillers.

She is now an advocate for mental health working on increasing awareness.

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