(Discover Negative Thoughts)
©1993, Dr. Brian Campbell
Use the key below to rate any negative
and judgmental thoughts that occur in your
Rate only the ones that apply to you.
Leave them blank if they do not apply.
Then go back and underline any
thoughts that seem particularly strong in your
This exercise is extremely important!
You must identify depressive thoughts
before you can attack them!
Do not be surprised if you end up rating
many of these items.
Most depressed people engage in a great
amount of negative thinking!
0 = Almost Never
1 = Sometimes
2 = Frequently
3 = Almost All the Time
_____ My situation is hopeless
_____ This is the worst thing that could possibly happen
_____ Nothing ever changes
_____ My sins are unforgivable
_____ The future looks black
_____ Things will never get better
_____ There’s no use trying, I’ll only fail again
_____ There’s too much to do.
The work is overwhelming
_____ People are taking advantage of me
_____ I can never seem to accomplish anything
_____ I can’t seem to get going in my life
_____ I’ve done something terrible that I shouldn’t have
_____ Things like this always happen to me
_____ Nobody loves me
_____ I can’t do anything right
_____ I’ve lost control of my life.
_____ Life is unfair
_____ Nobody really cares about me
_____ I can’t go on like this
_____ I dread what might happen
_____ The worst will probably happen
_____ I can’t stand the shame of it
_____ I’m totally helpless
_____ He/she will never change
_____ I can’t tell anyone.
I’m too ashamed.
_____ I always mess things up
_____ I’m so weak I can hardly go on
_____ I’m no good. I
never have been
_____ There’s nothing good in this world.
It’s entirely sinful.
_____ Everyone’s out to get me
_____ My life’s a total disaster
_____ I’m a complete failure
_____ I’ll never get over this
_____ You can’t trust anyone
_____ I don’t have the energy any more
_____ I’ll never change
______I can’t stand it any longer
_____ There’s no way out of this situation
_____ No one really understands how gad things are for me
_____ The world is full of misery
_____ I always have bad luck
_____ You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
_____ There’s nothing to be happy about
_____ I’ll never be able to make it financially
_____ There’s nothing I can do.
I’ve tried everything
_____ I never have any luck with men/women
_____ I’m stupid and always will be
_____ I’m ugly
_____ I can’t go on
_____ I give up
_____ Nobody understands me
_____ I’ll never get well
_____ The pain is unbearable
_____ I haven’t done anything with my life
_____ I can’t trust anyone
_____ It’s too hard.
It’s not worth the effort
_____ I’m a loser
_____ I can’t control my thoughts
_____ Nobody could possibly like me
_____ I’m out of control
_____ I’m losing my mind
_____ I don’t like myself
_____ I can’t concentrate
_____ God has forsaken me
_____ I pray, but God doesn’t answer
_____ I’ve let someone down
_____ I’ve committed a terrible and unforgivable act
_____ I’m a bad person
_____ I’m going to Hell
_____ God will punish me
_____ There must not be a God
_____ It would be better if I were dead