This will be the third and last post in a series dealing with the ways in which depressed thinking is also illogical thinking. The hope is that for some people dealing with depression, this might be of help. Depressed thinking involves magnification or minimization, labeling and mislabeling, and personalization.
I think there are likely many other forms of depressed thinking which manifest many other types of logical fallacies. The point of this series of posts is not that medication is unnecessary. In many cases, it is. Many cannot address these patterns of thought until some of the emotions are brought under control. However, if the depressed person can recognize and correct some of his illogical patterns of thought, he is one step closer to a better and more fulfilled life.
Much of the above was drawn from an article published by William Irwin and Gregory Bassham, "Depression, Informal Fallacies, and Cognitive Therapy: The Critical Thinking Cure?" Inquiry (2003): 15-21. Another resource which might be helpful that is discussed by Irwin and Bassham is Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David Burns.