Can Overthinking Lead to Depression and Trigger Relapse?

Overthinking can be a sign of many things, but it can, by itself, lead to depression. Not being able to think well or coherently without constant worry can be self-destructive over time. Overthinking does not help solve problems, in fact, it may make them appear to be worse than they are. Differences between worry and overthinking are good to acknowledge as they can lead to better resolution and healing.

Destructive Habits

Worrying about things is just as bad as doing nothing about them at all because constant worry depletes a person’s reserves to deal with daily life constructively. Overthinking is a bad habit that does not bring resolution. Going over the same event, again and again, does not build a positive mindset focused on healing. Overthinking, or ruminating, starts when people who ruminate think over the causes and consequences without creating solutions. They do not even realize they are doing it but are causing themselves to dig a deeper psychological hole around the issues they face. Overthinking and depression are linked to one another.

Link Between Overthinking and Depression

Negative overthinking leads to hopelessness and helpless feelings. When a person tells someone their thoughts and they are overly negative, the stress may seem daunting. A person is more likely to reach intensely at that point. If the person is vulnerable to depression, it can make it worse. Overthinking on bad things or unfortunate circumstances can be difficult. When a person is depressed, they lose interest in everything. The symptoms of depression may be so bad that it interferes with the person’s ability to get healthy and feel well. Overthinking might make symptoms worse. Increased depression takes away the motivation for a person to find hope and a solution.

How to Find Help

When a person overthinks, they may not be depressed but it may lead there eventually. Help on this starts with tackling the worry and root causes. It may put people at higher risk of anxiety and substance abuse when they are worried all the time. Worrying or overthinking can cause anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and other issues to continue causing problems until they are addressed. This might mean addressing it with help from friends, loved ones, or trained therapists. Rehab counselors can also be helpful in seeking out support and offering a healing hand.

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