Depression

Cognitive Distortions

What are Cognitive Distortions? Edit Column Cognitive distortions are biased or exaggerated thought patterns or beliefs. They are usually irrational, or misrepresent reality in some fashion.   The concept was first proposed by Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  It was during his treatment of patients with depression that Beck realized his patients often expressed thoughts and beliefs that did not necessarily correspond with reality.  Beck recognized these negative cognitions often existed outside of… Read More »Cognitive Distortions