A problem shared could be a problem doubled, an expert claims.
According to Robin Bailey, a senior lecturer in psychological therapies at the University of Central Lancashire, obsessively discussing worries with friends makes people, particularly women, more anxious and depressed.
Known as rumination, many mistakenly believe repeatedly thinking over problems will solve them and make themselves feel better.
When people ruminate together, it can cause them to excessively discuss the same problems, panic about the future and focus on negative emotions, according to Mr Bailey.
Yet, Mr Bailey adds, discussing problems with friends can be hugely beneficial if you come up with solutions that are then acted upon.
Here, in a piece for The Hippocratic Post, Mr Bailey discusses what rumination is and how to better solve your problems.