vb. the tendency to exaggerate a negative outcome without any real basis. Thoughts are already focused on the worst possible outcome as a negative consequence of one's decision or of preceding events. The tendency itself increases anxiety and further leads to maladaptive behavior.

CATASTROPHIZE: "To catastrophize means to perceive an impending outcome as already disastrous."
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