Questions to ask yourself to challenge your negative thoughts: Is this a thought or fact? What evidence supports the thought? Is there evidence to the contrary? How do I know this belief is true? Are there facts I am ignoring or dismissing? Are there other possible explanations? How realistic are my thoughts or beliefs? Are there other ways of thinking? What would a trusted friend think? What would I think if I was not depressed? Does it help me to think this way?