Harbourside Health Centre

St David’s Medical Centre

Overcoming Depression- Flexible Thinking


People with depression are often locked into negative thinking patterns, but pushing them to “think positively” isn’t likely to help. There’s a better approach.


  • Compared to other people, individuals with depression often show fewer positive and more negative interpretation biases.
  • Making negative interpretations is not dysfunctional; what is dysfunctional is a lack of flexibility in information processing.
  • Interpretation biases could result in blunted positive emotions and/or elevated levels of negative emotions.
  • Cognitive bias modification increases interpretation flexibility, thus enhancing emotion regulation ability and also improving mood.


  • Photo overcome depression