Anxiety Vs Truth worksheet

What is the theory behind this anxiety vs truth worksheet? 

Unquestioned, false thinking can be used to characterise anxiety.  We might, however, be held captive by lies about ourselves and our circumstances until we have the freedom that comes with new perspectives. Our inner voice, which is a collection of messages we’ve internalised from our communities, families, the media, etc., is typically a monotonous cycle of pointless information. CBT works on client’s cognition that helps in dealing with irrational thoughts. 

How will the worksheet help?

Whenever we experience anxiety, the mind begins to generate irrational thoughts that play their role in maintaining the anxiety cycle. This worksheet will provide awareness to the client about irrational thoughts and what can be the truth that will further help in managing anxiety in a better way.  

How to use the worksheet?  

The therapist uses this worksheet to psychoeducate clients about irrational thoughts and how they maintain the cycle of anxiety. Therapists provide this worksheet to clients to list down their own anxious thoughts and to identify alternative truths for these thoughts.  

Anxiety Vs Truth worksheet

Our mind generates irrational, anxious thoughts when we experience anxiety. These thoughts make us see the situation more worse than it actually is. Let’s try to figure out these irrational/ anxious thoughts and identify the actual truth related to the situations. 

Ask these questions from yourself when challenging Anxious Thoughts.
Is the thought true?
What is the evidence that the thought is true?
What is the evidence against that thought is not true?
Have I confused the thought with the fact?


Anxiety vs. Truth — Lisa Dumas. (2018, November 24). Lisa Dumas.

Curtiss, J. E., Levine, D. S., Ander, I., & Baker, A. W. (2021). Cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety and stress-related disorders. FOCUS, 19(2), 184-189. 

You can download this worksheet here.

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