Overthinking, Worry, and Rumination

“I can’t turn my mind off at night – it races with worry.”

If you tend to stew with self-critical thoughts, fret over unsolvable problems, or have a worried mind you can’t control, you’re not alone. This type of thinking is called rumination and it’s a common symptom of mood disorders. Scientists have even narrowed down the part of the brain that’s responsible for rumination: the default mode network.

Although often seen as a sign of depression, rumination is even more common in bipolar disorder and is a frequent part of mania as well. A new form of therapy, Rumination-Focused Cognitive Behavior Theraly (RF-CBT), aims to reduce this frustrating symptom. RF-CBT has been successful at treating depressions that didn’t respond to traditional treatments.

2018-02-04T07:40:13+00:00

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