We have a lot of thoughts per day, but we know that not all thoughts are equal. Some are useful and healthy, while others are harsh and unhealthy.
Even worse when we overthink unhealthy thoughts were at risk of mental conditions like depression.
But how can we tell if our thoughts are putting us at risk, here are five signs overthinking is giving you depression:
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- You worry about problems instead of looking for solutions.
- You brewed on your mood.
- You dwell on your personal shortcomings.
- You think the future is hopeless.
- You engage in meta rumination.
You worry about problems instead of looking for solutions.
Are you bothered by a current problem, something that happened in the past or expectations in the future? It’s natural to think about situations that affect us, but we should focus our attention on finding a solution. If you’re repeatedly dwelling on bad outcomes, emotional stress, or how things are out of control.
This is unhealthy. Illumination studies show that people with depression claim to be reflecting on problems to get a better understanding of them, but when they say their thoughts out loud, they are clearly ruminating on the same negative emotions over and over without any real goal, so the next time you think about a problem, ask yourself, is this productive worry, or is this just worrying for the sake of worrying.
You brewed on your mood.
When you’re in a bad mood, how do you cope healthy ways include spending time with others, distracting yourself with a hobby or understanding the cause so you can prevent it in the future, but it’s unhealthy to brew it on your bad mood and its consequences.
Like wondering whether it will look bad to others whether you’ll get anything done today or how long the negative emotions might last falling on negative feelings can cause them to spiral out of control and put you out risk of depression, so the next time you’re in a bad mood. Try not to trap yourself in the same emotional state by dwelling on it.
You dwell on your personal shortcomings.
If I asked you to picture your ideal self, how similar would it be? Your president’s off was the comparison, inspiring you to try harder. Or was it discouraging a negative self awareness is a very useful skill, as it helps us reflect on our actions and improve ourselves. but dwelling only on your shortcomings can lead to excessive self criticism and a negative sense of self research shows that when we become aware of goals.
We failed standards, we don’t reach and mistakes we’ve made. We experienced anxiety and a need to escape. If we keep thinking about these things. The feelings can develop into depression and the need to escape can develop into thoughts of self harm or even suicide, so the next time you become aware of your shortcomings, try to think about your strength as well.
You think the future is hopeless.
Do you have hope for the future? As mentioned, thinking about problems, our personal shortcomings is healthy when it’s directed towards improvement. But people will depression usually feel that there is no hope for the future, and improvement is impossible. They dwell on the idea that their situation is fixed.
Everything is out of their control and they’ll be flawed forever. Needless to say, thinking that nothing will ever get better will only make you feel more, making the problem worse. So the next time you’re faced with problems, find reasons to hope for a good outcome, or redirect your attention to other problems where you can make a difference.
You engage in meta rumination.
Now that we’ve talked about how negative thinking can give you depression, let’s go up another level. How often do you dwell on your own negative thinking research shows that people with depression not only engage in unhealthy elimination, they also engage in meta rumination.
Which means they ruminate on their negative rumination every time they catch themselves, thinking in negative or unhealthy ways. They judge themselves for overthinking, worry about their own thinking patterns. And feel like their minds are doomed to be like that forever on top of the original negative thoughts. These extra ruminations add to the problem and further the depression.
So the next time you notice, you’re thinking in negative ways. Try to deal with it without judging yourself too harshly for it.