Monday, November 16, 2015

Worrying About the Future, Ruminating on the Past-How Thoughts Affect Mental Health




This article talks about how it is a normal human function to think about mistakes they've made and sometimes overthink about them. Some people have issues with this and can go to extremities of not being able to stop thinking about what they did wrong. In this article, they use the term "ruminating," which means to think deeply, or go into a thoughtful consideration on something. Scientists have conducted studies that show people who constantly worry about their past or future could cause psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders. This article talks about rumination as a cycle that causes repetitive thoughts, and having a negative thoughts about the event. The article also talks about ways of treating the cycle of rumination like being mindful and in control of your thoughts. This article relates to the mental illness unit of health because it touches on the subject of mental health and what can be done to help with it. I found this article interesting because I would have never guessed that worrying about the past could cause such a variety of disorders.

How often do you worry about the past or future? How do you feel after you've had those thoughts?
Do you think that worrying has a great negative impact on people?
What are some ways that you deal with your worries?

18 comments:

  1. I worry about the past a lot but at the end of the day I usually tell myself that everything happens for a reason so I don't get stuck on the past. I think worrying too much is definitely bad for people but I don't know whats worse; worrying to much or being delusional and not worrying about something when you should. I deal with big worries by lots and lots of grandpas cough medicine. Just joking I already said what I do with my worries in the beginning of this comment.

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    1. thumbs up for anyone who got the grandpas cough medicine reference and for those who didn't look it up on urban dictionary I guess.

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  2. I tend to not dwell on things that happened in the past, because there is nothing you can do now to change it, so worrying does nothing for you. I worry about the future, because it is something I can affect (to a degree). For example, I worry about getting into college because my education and career depends on getting my college applications done. Worrying serves an important purpose; it motivates people to get things done and make good choices. However, if one worries too much it may lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. I think that if you are stressed, definitely consider worrying as a possible cause.

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  3. As of thinking of past events, I tend to just move on and accept things how they are; better myself from there. As of thinking of future events, I do try my best not to worry since I know it's really not good for your health. My dad was always a worrier and my mom was a free-spirit, so seeing the turn out of that has proven to me that worrying all of the time does you no good!!! My mom lives a happy life, while I feel as if every time I talk to my dad, something's negative is going on. Seeing those two sides has for sure added to teaching myself not to worry, and live in the moment.

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  4. I tend to think of myself as an optimist. I always try to see the bright side of my future. However, pressure from my parents often causes me to worry. What college am I going to go to? Where am I going to work? Where will i live? These are all questions I ask myself. Whenever this happens, I tell myself that everything is going to be fine and my future is going to be great.

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  5. This article was really cool. And a way that I like to deal with my worries is by trying to find a solution for them but if I can't I know it's best just to forget about it and move on. Because you just can't let that one problem bother you for your whole life. And it would be best not to worry about it because I know it's not good for your health.

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  6. I worry a lot about my future. For teenagers our age, the idea of going to college and starting our lives directly from high school is one of the scariest ideas out there and can cause many of us to worry. We can get pressured by people around us, by parents, and by society. It can be especially difficult when you want to get into a very desirable school and you are met with extreme challenges you must overcome.

    How do you think society can change so teenagers are less 'thrown into' the real world with no experience?

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  7. So I couldn't read the article because it prompted me to either enter my username or purchase a subscription, but here's my 2 cents on worry.

    i'm terrible at making choices. I always feel in the moment that I will regret my choice. Luckily, I almost never do. For me, when I make a mistake, I think it is important to recognize the mistake so I do not commit the same mistake again, but at the same time recognize that the mistake has already occurred, and the only thing that can be changed is preventing the next time the mistake would occur. In this way I usually don't regret my actions, but remember them so I don't repeat a mistake. Very akin to the idea of "Doublethink" in George Orwell's _1984_.

    When I do regret a decision, I usually tell my friends about it and usually they convince me not to feel bad about my decision, or that there wasn't any other course of action I could have taken.

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  8. I really liked this article. Sometimes I don't worry about my problems and I live in the moment. When I do worry about my problems, I always try to find solutions for it. The best way to solve some of my problems is by talking to my friends and asking for advices. Another way to solve my problems is to learn from my mistakes and move on.

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  9. I worry about the past and future very often since the choices I make today affect my future and I want to make sure I'm a good person so I think about what I've done in the past. After those thoughts, I feel very overwhelmed since I usually come up with many instructions on what to do to fix or achieve something. I think worrying does have a both a positive and negative impact on people since worrying can make you want to do better, but if it's too much then it's a bad thing. I deal with my worries by calming down to think simply of what to do so I'm not so overwhelmed and I write in a journal to let everything out. I have some friends who I know just accept whatever happens and are okay with it so they basically never worry which I think is good and bad.

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  10. This article stood out to me because I was really able to connect to it. Very often I stress out due to over thinking about past incidents or mistakes and these thoughts make me stressed and often sad. Also, I notice that I tend to get anxiety when I'm over stressed due to thinking about my future... Especially with the thoughts of college. Ruminating is a word I have never heard but it can be negative when this simple thought becomes a deep stress.

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  11. I worry about the future because I don't know what I want to do for my future but at such a young age that I am at 15 I sometimes don't know what to expect for myself in the future.

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  12. I think its really interesting to know that if you do really dwell on the past it can have some really negative effects on your future. I think it might even effect teenagers mores because of our pro decision making skills and how many possibly poor descions we can or could make.

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  13. Mainly I worry about my future more then the past because the future is what causes the past to be what it is. For examples tests, presentation, events that I get nervous about.

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  14. It depends on how the person thinks, the person could over worry about something and blank out on there achievement. I usually deal with my worries by making sure that I stay on task and execute my objective to achieve what I'm worrying about and not overthink it.

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  15. I overthink everything whether it's past, present, or future. I'm always worried about something and that doesn't help my anxiety. Worrying definitely has a negative effect on people. I know it has a negative effect on me since when I start worrying about the past, present, and/or future, I start getting really anxious and sometimes I have a panic attack and get really stressed out and overwhelmed.

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  16. I overthink everything whether it's past, present, or future. I'm always worried about something and that doesn't help my anxiety. Worrying definitely has a negative effect on people. I know it has a negative effect on me since when I start worrying about the past, present, and/or future, I start getting really anxious and sometimes I have a panic attack and get really stressed out and overwhelmed.

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  17. I always overthink and it doesn't do me ANY good what so ever.I always think about bad things that have happened in the past and I worry too much about the future. this gives me a negative impact. I try to tell myself to live for right now because i never know when my time is up.

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