This is Science Today. One of the hardest aspects
about getting over a depression is breaking the cycle
of negative rumination. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky
of the University of California, Riverside says rather
than dwell on a depressed mood, try distraction.
Lyubomirsky: At least temporarily, so that
you can address some of the problems, because often
there are problems in your life associated with a
depression. Rumination, really it feeds a vicious
cycle between depressed mood and rumination. You think
about it, you start thinking about the implications,
it gets you more depressed, then your mood is even
more bias and it spirals out of control and then a
full-scale depression results.
Narrator: In her studies on depression, Lyubomirsky
says keeping a strong social support network is also
very important when it comes to therapy.
Lyubomirsky: Just having some close friends
and family members works a great deal. So try to spend
time with other people, try to distract yourself when
you find yourself dwelling on the negative.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.