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Rumination Diary (Archived)

NOTE: An improved version of this resource is available here: Rumination – Self-Monitoring Record. Older versions of a resource may be archived in the event that they are available in multiple languages, or where data indicates that the resource continues to be frequently used by clinicians. 

Self-monitoring of thoughts, feelings, and symptoms is an essential skill in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The Rumination Diary helps clients to record the incidence and consequences of rumination and repetitive thought. 

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Languages this resource is available in

  • English (GB)
  • English (US)
  • Italian

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Introduction & Theoretical Background

Rumination (habits of repetitive thought) is a transdiagnostic mechanism in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – it serves to maintain or prolong a wide variety of clinical conditions including depression and generalised anxiety. The Rumination Diary is a CBT diary for recording ruminative thoughts and images. Clients are encouraged to record the triggers for the rumination as well as accompanying, emotions, ruminative content, and consequences of rumination. This worksheet can be a helpful part of the development of a functional analysis of rumination.