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What Are Negative Automatic Thoughts?

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Updated December 29, 2013

Definition:

Negative automatic thoughts are the negative thoughts that are elicited in people with anxiety disorders when faced with anxiety-provoking situations.

For the person with social anxiety disorder (SAD), a social or performance situation may elicit thoughts such as "everyone can see how anxious I am" or "everyone is judging me". These thoughts often occur so automatically that the person is not aware of his pessimistic thinking.

Also Known As: hot thoughts, automatic thoughts

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