The following article ‘Rumination: The danger of dwelling’ courtesy of Denise Winterman explains how ‘rumination’ and ‘self-blame’ can contribute to the development of common mental health issues depression and anxiety.
BBC News article – Rumination: The danger of dwelling
Commentary: Rumination and self-blame are unhelpful thinking patterns that we can acquire over time partly as a result of our personal experience and development. We can then unwillingly maintain the negative impact of such thinking patterns through repeated use and regular ‘dwelling’ on events. However, unhelpful thinking patterns such as these are not ‘fixed’ or unchangeable. The good news is they can be addressed by engaging in appropriate forms of psychotherapy. A person who suffers tendencies for rumination and self-blame would firstly, need the motivation to try and change their thinking. Secondly, by working collaboratively with a psychotherapist unhelpful thinking patterns can be challenged and hopefully altered to bring about improvements in mood. These efforts, amongst others, will likely offset chance of enduring ongoing bouts of depression and/ or anxiety in the future.
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