The Science Bit
In 2013 the results of a huge, ground-breaking online study were published. Over 32,000 people from 172 countries took part.
This study suggested that the biggest predictor of anxiety and depression was rumination – the big washing machine of thoughts going round in your head – followed by blaming yourself for the problem. Is this familiar to you?
While health professionals have long accepted this is part of the problem, this research demonstrated just how significant and serious the impact on mental health can be.
Peter Kinderman who led the study said “people who didn’t ruminate or blame themselves for their difficulties had much lower levels of depression and anxiety, even if they’d experienced many negative events in their life”.
So it wasn’t just a case of these people leading a charmed life. They were thinking differently therefore they felt differently.
So you have learned to think this way and those overwhelming feelings, that create real physical symptoms, may cause you to escape or avoid situations you find difficult.