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New approaches to depression: group therapy against brooding.
A symptom of depression is long-term thinking about the past and the future. Many patients remain in the position and "brooding" for days. At the Center for Psychotherapy at the Ruhr University in Bochum, work is now underway on a new form of therapy to combat so-called brooding. The new form of therapy has already led to initial success. For example, 80 percent of the patients stated that they would "ponder" less even six months after the end of the therapy. Many patients are very satisfied with the therapy.
The therapy takes the form of group therapy. The aim of the treatment is to stop the brooding process and to show ways to get the thoughts back on themselves. Thoughts like "why me?" or "Why am I not able to get my life under control?" did not lead to a solution, the researchers explain. The longer patients pondered about depression, the worse their self-esteem became, and the worse the past, present, and future appeared. The participants should now learn to decide for themselves what they want to focus on. The university is looking for other subjects from the Bochum area. The prerequisite is that the participants have already experienced depressive episodes. Information is available on the phone number: 0234-3222323. (Sb, April 18, 2010)