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We understand mental illness and the difficulties it creates for those who suffer from it. At our San Diego Mental Health Treatment Center we are sensitive to your challenges. Solara will find every possible solution to enable you to live the life that you are meant to live.


Distorted Thinking Disorder Treatment

Distorted thinking, also called cognitive distortions, is a pattern of inaccurate, damaging thoughts. Distorted thinking is a common symptom of many different mental health disorders, including both generalized and social anxiety and personality disorders. To the person thinking them, these thoughts seem logical and truthful, but in reality they are not.

Instead, distorted thinking reinforces negative emotions and beliefs, which can exacerbate feelings of low self-esteem, worsen mental health disorder symptoms and trigger self-destructive behaviors. For example, for a person suffering from social anxiety, distorted thinking patterns may reinforce their feelings of social discomfort and cause complete withdrawal from social situations. If not addressed with proper psychiatric counseling, distorted thinking patterns can increase personal distress and prevent complete, lasting recovery from mental health disorders.

Solara’s Behavioral Health and Psychiatric Treatment Center can develop a personalized treatment plan that is unique to you or your loved one’s condition. And we’re currently taking new veterans.

10 Common Cognitive Distortions

In most cases, distorted thinking or cognitive distortions is typically consistent with an individual’s core beliefs.  The core beliefs that cause these negative thoughts are ones that are about themselves, others, and the world.  When negative core beliefs activate while negative automatic thoughts are evoked a negative, neutral or even positive event may influence the negative affect.  These continuous negative thoughts influence other mental health disorders such as depression.

When discovered in 1979, researchers have identified the 10 most common distorted thinking patterns, which include:

  • Mindreading:  Assuming that others are thinking negatively about oneself
  • Catastrophizing:  Making negative predictions about the future based on little or no evidence
  • All-or-Nothing-Thinking:  Viewing something as either-or, without considering the full spectrum and range of possible evaluations
  • Emotional Reasoning: Believing something to be true based on emotional responses rather than objective evidence
  • Labeling:  Classifying oneself negatively after the occurrence of an adverse event
  • Mental Filtering:  Focusing on negative information and devaluing positive information
  • Overgeneralization:  Assuming that the occurrence of one negative event means that additional bad things will happen
  • Personalization:  Assuming that one is the cause of a negative event
  • Should Statements:  Thinking that things must or should be a certain way
  • Minimizing or Disqualifying the Positive:  Ignoring or dismissing positive things that have happened


Identifying, addressing, and correcting distorted thinking patterns is a vital part of the healing process at our distorted thinking disorder treatment in San Diego. Working with our expertly trained clinicians, veterans of our psychiatric facility will become aware of distorted thinking patterns in the context of their own mental health disorder.


During individual psychotherapy, veterans will learn to recognize their cognitive distortions and discover techniques for replacing those distortions with healthier, more realistic thought patterns.  One of the most common treatments for distorted thinking, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) was discovered by Aaron Beck in the 1960s and it used to develop a more positive mindset.

In other forms of therapy like group therapy, veterans can practice this process, learning to disrupt distorted thoughts in an environment that is safe, supportive, and understanding, thereby building a strong foundation for long-term recovery.

To learn more about distorted thinking or about other mental health disorders and symptoms treated at Solara Mental Health, please contact us.

Solara’s Distorted Thinking Disorder Treatment for Veterans

Also known as cognitive distortions, distorted thinking disorder is a pattern of inaccurate, damaging thoughts. Many mental health disorders, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and personality disorders, are associated with distorted thinking. Solara Mental Health in San Diego is focused on giving veterans a supportive and safe environment to recover.

Solara Mental Health is VA contracted as a community care provider, which gives us the unique opportunity to help veterans with their process of healing. Once authorized, housing, transportation, and accommodations will be provided.

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