We all get caught in a negative-thought spiral from time to time. For people with clinical depression, however, negative-thought spirals can be far from benign. Dwelling on regrets, past mistakes, and other negative thoughts — is a hallmark of depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a standard treatment for depression, tackles this problem by helping people learn to analyze and question their thoughts. An alternative method called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which teaches similar skills is also available. If you experience negative thinking regularly, discuss this with your physician to come up with a plan that is right for you.
And remember! You don’t have to have clinical depression to benefit from mindfulness meditation.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”–Norman Vincent Peale