All posts tagged: stop the negative self talk

Taking captive dementia?

A recent study undertaken by researchers from the London-based University College concluded that repetitive negative thinking could be a risk factor for dementia. In their study, the researchers followed 300 older people for a period of two years, tracking their response to negative situations in their life. They particularly focussed their attention on “repetitive” negative thinking where you rehash situations or particular thoughts in your mind again and again. They also tracked how much these individuals worried. In addition, the researchers did brain scans on 113 members of the study group to determine if two proteins, amyloid and tau, were accumulating in their minds. These are known contributors to Alzheimer. The researchers concluded from their study that four years later people with high rates of negative repetitive thinking had higher accumulations of the tau and amyloid in their brain and as well were showing a greater cognitive decline than those who weren’t as negative. There was a noticeable decline in just four years. Speaking on behalf of the research group, Dr. Gael Chételat said: “Our …