Emely ÖstbeRg, MSc (Counsl. Psychol.)
Specialist in Anxiety DIsorders and Adjustment issues
Accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
COUNSELLING & cognitive behavioural therapy in Richmond upon Thames
Worry & Rumination
You're probably here because you find yourself worrying more than you wish. Perhaps you've been trying to control your worrying but found it next to impossible to turn off the ever lasting mind chatter that worriers can experience on a daily basis. Perhaps you find yourself living with memories from the past, feeling overcome with shame and guilt but unable to control the thoughts.
Difference between worry and rumination
In psychology we tend to distinguish between worry and rumination. Worry is often defined as anxiety about future events. For example, you may be finding it particularly difficult to see the future in any positive light what-so-ever and think in an almost compulsive way as what you could do in order for the (imagined) future event to (not) happen, always expecting the worst outcome. On the other hand rumination is defined as anxiety about past events. It is similar to worrying but the difference lays in the content - it is about past events. For example, say you've had a night out with friends and find yourself ridden by intrusive memories that you rather not think about, but find yourself unable to stop or control the thoughts.
Most typically worrying tends to revolve around the two words of 'what if'. With a constant flow of questions about everything and nothing it is difficult to catch a break.
- what if I can't get to the appointment on time
- what if I miss my train
- what if my ticket won't work
- what if I won't get paid this month
- what if I get hit by a car
- what if something awful happens to my child
- what if I get a panic attack during the meeting
- what if I stammer during the presentation
- what if I fail
- what if I miss my flight
- what if she/he hates me
- what if they think I don't like them
- what if my boss fires me
- what if I can't provide for my family
- what if I lose my house
- what if...
- what if....
If you live this reality you probably have physical symptoms of anxiety too. Many experience an increase in their pulse, some start sweating, others get hot flushes. A small variety do not feel anything. They have since a long time ago stopped taking notice of their body's felt experience in a (sub)conscious attempt at controlling the symptoms of anxiety.
Fed up with worry
You may be feeling tired of worrying. You may find yourself increasingly frustrated by the seemingly lack of control over your own thoughts. Perhaps you've been trying to
What would treatment involve?
Perhaps you've lately been thinking about seeking help for the