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Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) is implicated in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, coping with degenerative diseases, and, as Tichenor & Yaruss found, possibly stuttering. More than just “worrying,” it can seriously affect quality of life. People who stutter may use RNT as a coping mechanism of sorts, which can lead to adverse impacts and beliefs about communicating, which can lead to more RNT! Authors also found that having “not stuttering” as a goal way increases the likelihood of negative emotions when stuttering happens. The Perseverative Thinking Questionnaire is completed by the person who stutters and can help identify clients who use this pattern of thinking. Mindfulness can decrease RNT in people who stutter by allowing thoughts to be thoughts without attaching emotion and remaining in the moment of stuttering. Using mindfulness in stuttering therapy also helps us as clinicians to better understand our clients. A training on how to use mindfulness in stuttering therapy can be found here.

January 3, 2020

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