According to MSNBC, new research indicates that talking your problems to death can make you feel even worse. A study conducted by Amanda Rose, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Missouri, found that teenage girls who vented to each other about their problems were more likely to develop depression and anxiety. To keep the complaining from becoming a problem, experts suggest talking to someone who will recommend a solution. Psychologists also warn against ranting over and over to the same audience because of the inevitable toll on friendships. (MSNBC; Developmental Psychology.)
It's always nice when research confirms ombuds' instincts.