Rewriting Depression Treatment

  •  July 8, 2020

Want to bring down feelings of depression? Study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has uncovered a valuable secret: don't think too much about it.

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About 5.8% of the Brazilian population suffers from depression.

In absolute numbers, there are 11.5 million cases registered in the country.

The conventionally adopted treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

The core technique of CBT is to confront the situation to overcome it.

According to a new study, this painful approach may be overcome.

For Norwegian scientists, the key to finally fighting depression is to think less.

Using Metacognitive Therapy for six months, 80% of volunteers were able to fully recover from their initial diagnosis of depression.

This treatment aims to control the thinking process of an individual.

The goal is to reduce rumination - the act of over-thinking the symptoms and causes of stress rather than focusing on solutions.

"Some people experience rumination as completely uncontrollable, but individuals with depression can gain control over it."

The explanation is from one of the authors, Professor Roger Hagen.

Depressed patients “think too much,” which can perpetuate depression.

"Instead of ruminating so much on what makes a patient depress, Metacognitive Therapy focuses on the process of negative thinking."

"To finally get it under control."

But how so?

According to the scientist, the idea is to observe depressive thoughts with "detached attention".

This means seeing thoughts only as thoughts, not as a reflection of reality.

"You can't control what you think."

"But you can have control over how you respond to your thinking."

Metacognitive Therapy has emerged at the University of Manchester, England, and has been in use for the past 20 years.

Finally, Norwegian research was one of the first to use a control group in the method.

The study was published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology.

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