“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.