Ever wonder if your constant worrying about work/school/health/sex/romance/life/money/past/future is affecting your health? Well, in a recent article published by the Wall Street Journal, scientists are studying the cycles of uncontrollable worry or rumination and its significant impact to various psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse. You can read the entire article by clicking this link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/worrying-about-the-future-ruminating-on-the-pasthow-thoughts-affect-mental-health-1439223597
What scientists discovered was that rumination has been found to predict both the onset of depression as well as the continuation of it in a number of studies. Additionally, symptoms actually worsen when participants were prompted or taught to ruminate. Researchers uncovered that the more one ruminates on problems or fears in an unhelpful or negative way, the more one becomes fixed into that pattern of thinking, until even small triggers activate the pervasive cycle of unwanted thoughts and worries.
Here’s the good news, evidence suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy can help end the cycle of intrusive repetitive thoughts by giving people the tools to recognize these triggers and how to view their thoughts in a healthier, more balanced way. You don’t have to go through navigating all of your fears and anxieties alone. Therapy can help you reduce and manage the worrying and ruminations, in order to help you gain perspective. Book an appointment with a therapist today and have one less thing to worry about!
Feel Better Today,