A common trait in those of us diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (and those diagnosed with a number of anxiety disorders as well, for that matter) is a tendency to jump to the worst possible scenario when a problem arises.
We then often spend our time stressing and freaking out over the worst possible scenario that we can imagine as an outcome to our current problem or suffering, rather than dealing in this moment with the actual reality of what is happening now.
This is called catastrophizing.
Here are some examples:
- Your boss is in a bad mood, so you jump to the conclusion that he must hate you, and you’re going to be fired.
- You have a cold, and you think you’ll never get better.
- You think that if you express how you really feel, the person will completely abandon you.
- One thing goes wrong, and you’re afraid everything in your life will then fall apart and you’ll lose everything.