How often have you felt that the road ahead of you was leading to nothing but disaster? I have fought with these feelings all my life, for a variety of reasons, and it can be paralyzing anxiety or intensely increased suicidal ideation that comes to pass for me. I distort reality when I am not working on my own mental issues just as actively. Consider the example that you have lost a job, as I have in the past. You are afraid about how you are going to pay your bills, how you are going to put food on your table. But in your mind this leads you to lack of shelter, to destitution, to homelessness. You are NEVER going to be able to avoid it, that's what's going to happen to you. Unfortunately, this does happen to people, to those with and to those without mental illness, but that's another topic. What did I do? I put myself in a homeless shelter for months, and that was both awful and a learning experience. I took myself to an illogical conclusion and acted upon it, when I didn't have to do so. We can imagine ourselves into a corner if we are not aware of how we are thinking.