TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
MENTAL SLIPPAGE - CONTROL OF YOUR THOUGHTS
The first type of mental slippage
focuses on controlling your thoughts. When you lose
control of your thoughts, you lose control of your life.
Imagine that you are an air traffic
controller at Los Angeles International Airport. You track
aircraft on radar and tell them when and where it's safe to fly.
You assign altitudes and courses to planes to prevent mid-air
collisions and to safely bring them in to land.
Similarly, you assign courses and
altitudes to planes as they take off. If everyone does
exactly as instructed, planes don't collide with each other, and
the airport runs efficiently without mishap.
Imagine what would happen if suddenly
incoming aircraft chose their own altitude and landed whenever
they wanted. Imagine that each aircraft took off whenever
it pleased. Total chaos would ensue. Approaching
aircraft would run into airplanes sitting on the runways.
Mid-air collisions would happen all over the sky.
Without command and control, a modern
international airport would become a disaster area.
Command and control are everything. Someone has to be in
charge and make sure that aircraft do exactly as instructed.
That's why we have air traffic controllers.
Imagine what would happen if you lost
command and control in your mind. Instead of you running
your mind, your mind ran you. Your incoming thoughts and
outgoing thoughts zoomed around totally out of control.
That's what happens when you have mental
slippage. You no longer control the thoughts that pass
through your mind. You lose control of your mental
traffic. Your thought controller no longer functions
properly, and thoughts fly in every direction.
Fortunately, when your thought controller doesn't function
correctly, you can use medication to stop the mental slippage
and reestablish command and control.
SHOULD YOU USE MEDICATION TO TREAT DEPRESSION?
How do you know whether you should be taking medication to
The answer to that
question is different for different people. Each
medication is a two-edged sword because of potential side
effects. Some medications are associated with a higher
than normal incidence of suicide. Sometimes there is a
serious rebound of depression when you stop using medication.
Taking antidepressants to reestablish
command and control isn't like taking an aspirin for a headache.
Antidepressants have real complications associated with their
use, especially when used in the combination with other
medications. People taking antidepressants should be
treated by a professional who evaluates their response to
therapy at regular intervals, and who also checks for adverse
reactions to the medication.
If you have a significant degree of mental
slippage, you need some type of therapy that will allow you to
reestablish command and control. If you have a mild mood
disorder, cognitive therapy alone may do the job with the least
risk of complications.
But when the mood disorder is severe with
a high degree of mental slippage, it will be more difficult to
reestablish command and control with only cognitive therapy, and
it may be necessary to use medication. After medication
has had a positive effect, you may benefit from cognitive
therapy to complete the job.
All types of mood disorders (mild to
severe) may benefit from medication, but in severe mood
disturbances, the loss of control is so advanced that medication
is no longer optional. It's mandatory. You must use
medication to regain enough control over your thoughts so that
other forms of therapy have a chance to work.
In order to win the battle against
depression, it's absolutely essential that you reestablish
control over your thoughts. If you are depressed, you may
believe it's impossible to control your thoughts. Outside
forces have controlled your mind for such a long time, it seems
like a radical idea that you can actually control what you think
about. You have been living in mental default mode for so
long with other people setting and controlling your mental
agenda, you now believe reestablishing control is impossible.
If that's the way you feel, you are wrong. The combination
of cognitive therapy in combination with medication pushes the
odds for recovery in your favor. If you are motivated and
assume a positive attitude toward treatment, you will
reestablish command and control, and will win the war against
If you want to have a positive mind, nobody can stop you.
PUMP SOME MENTAL IRON
At the most basic level, you are what you
think about all day long. That's why what you put into
your mind is so important. You need to be pumping mental
iron all day long and filling your mind with positive things.
THE POSITIVE WEB RING
The Positive Web Ring has eleven positive web
sites. Each site lifts you up, pushes your mind in a positive
direction, and makes it easier to live your dreams. The Positive Web
Ring has something positive for everyone. There's
podcasts, and much more.
The wheel of change always turns in the direction of what you put into
your mind, and the Positive Web Ring fills your mind with good things.
Give your mind a push in a positive direction today. Cruise your way
to a positive life. If you really want to be positive, nobody can
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