Many times, people drown on their own thoughts, over and over again, unable to get out of the maze. This process, in which you enter a loop, does not help in decision-making. This psychological disorder, specialists call it Rumination syndrome, which is diagnosed when the focus of attention remains anchored in an event (real or imaginary) of the past that produces anguish, discomfort, guilt, stress or remorse in the person, affecting their emotional balance Y mental.

With Bienestar he talked about this syndrome with the psychologist Ana Maria Fusaro (MN 60.808), which specified that the rumination is characterized by having repetitive thoughts about a particular issue or fact from the past, something that can no longer be -in most cases- avoid or modify. As he explained, the experiences lived as well as the trauma, family problems or self-esteem and anxiety or depressive processes, which makes it impossible for the affected person to face them actively, losing the ability to generate solutions or Actions in making decisions that have to do with your here and now.

In this regard, Fusaro explained: “Rumination is a purely psychological process which is directly related to unresolved situations of other moments in life. People, faced with this, can be burdened with guilt that does not allow them to live freely or without old resentments (for example, towards parents or children). It has to do largely with what link or with personal, family and work situations. I have had situations where in the face of workplace harassment, the patient -although he had already resigned his job-, cannot stop thinking Y suffer for that fact. He can’t get out of that rumination process of ‘why did I let this happen to me or what did they do to me?’ Generally, it is a kind of lament Y repentance that the person drags throughout life. Depending on how it occurs, since it has to do with the basic personality of the person (if they are anxious, depressed, etc.), this syndrome will have one manifestation or another ”.

In this sense, the specialist added: “As ruminate it takes time, that I keep thinking of something that traumatized him, prevents the subject sort out other situations or conflicts that are happening to him at the moment. That is to say, he cannot enjoy other things because he is in permanent rumination of that issue that happened to him at some point in his life. Those regrets, as the word says, weigh on the unconscious of the subject, they push to want to leave and they leave in an old way that is this of reproaching themselves for why I did or not did such a thing ”.

For the psychologist, family ties they are usually the main cause of rumination. Domestic violence is very common in this regard. All that time that the person loses thinking about something that has already happened, makes him lose decision-making capacity in other respects.

Along the same lines, he deepened that the rumination is very common within neurotic structures, not to mention the psychosis that is pathological: “It is more a party of those who are obsessive neurotics, who are full of rituals and repetitive actions to make sure all your obsessions are fulfilled. When an obsessive is in rumination, it is more cruel because he repeats his thoughts and his obsession with them. An obsessive man goes crazy, he infringes himself and suffers quite harsh suffering. His rumination is in ancient moments of the past that do not agree with him Present. It is a very individual process of the subject. Since what torments him happened and what comes to compensate does not make sense. It is very interesting to see it in any neurotic structure. Someone who is very anxious and ruminant at the same time, blind. Can be produced discomforts important such as insomnia, somatization, among others. It is a painful process ”.

Tips to deal with it

The specialist offers a series of recommendations for those who spin, over and over, the same thoughts:

  • Make therapy, of whatever school it may be: the ruminant is tied to a thought that overwhelms him, stifles him. So the best way is to go unraveling it from the hand of a professional.
  • The mindfulness promotes training methods brain and lower the volume of thoughts, which helps to have more empathy and self-knowledge.
  • Perform physical activity: exercise helps promote endorphin release and deepen attention to the present.
  • Take care more instead of worrying so much: build a action plan to face and attend to problems.