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Banish negative thoughts quickly

Apr 11th, 2012
Staff Writer

Photo credit: NIH Image LibraryEvery sports enthusiast knows that negative thoughts can mess up your game faster than anything. But it's important to rid your mind of negative thoughts for another reasons -- especially if you're in a slump and negative thinking has become frequent. New research shows that a lot of negative thinking can lead to depression.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University developed a survey for detecting depression that looks for such feelings as helplessness, worthlessness and powerlessness -- all feelings that can overwhelm an individual who is struggling with a problem or situation. But such feelings should not be dismissed, said the authors of the study. At some point, a preponderance of negative thinking slips into clinical depression.

The study appears in the Western Journal of Nursing Research.

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