I've been having intrusive thoughts along with an image of a girl romaing in my mind. meloncauli (author) from UK on December 01, 2013: A truly exceptional read, I've suffered with this problem and found this really stimulating, credit to you for wanting to spread the word and wanting to help people, thankyou. It's good to know one is not alone, and that we all have each other's backs. Recognise that you may have had strange thoughts before becoming highly anxious, but they now have a magnified meaning because of your anxiety. Write down all those negative thoughts and purposefully find a positive opposite thought (glass half full). In the anxious state you have performed a reaction that is “anxious”. Thank you very much indeed for your very welcome comment. They are at opposite ends of the continuum. I did not feel safe holding a knife. I actually feel that someone has to have experienced scary intrusive thoughts to understand what another is going through. I can add, when your body is in fight or flight (anxiety) your brain is set to analyze and collect information to get out of danger, so it's perfectly normal. Finding this website has made me feel so much better. This article made me feel so much better. Acknowledge them and move on, refocus on whatever you are doing. Leah Lefler from Western New York on October 03, 2012: I had never thought about the way that intrusive thoughts and anxiety go hand-in-hand, meloncauli. in the midst of a panic attack. Thoughts only have the meaning and importance that you give them. You should try to resist! Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency. Don't let the thoughts win, play the game. Continue whatever you were doing prior to the intrusive thought while allowing the anxiety to be present. Is that really… by Anonymous. Here is an example of how a person who does not have an anxiety disorder may think: A television viewer may be watching a true crime programme on television. They can invade the mind without warning; further, they can be dark and downright terrifying. Here are steps for changing your attitude and overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts. Both the problem and the solution lie within the brain! How did u figure this out? These thoughts are often disturbing and can leave you feeling unsure of yourself. This is how the occasional unwanted intrusive thought becomes a vicious cycle of intrusive thoughts, avoidance and anxiety. Chronic high levels of anxiety produce a steady stream or rushes of adrenaline. Generally, intrusive thoughts play a vital role in creating anxiety that eventually leads to depression. Since I had family living with me at the time the loss didn't really hit me for quite sometime. Kimberlie Kacan from Brooklyn, NY on October 04, 2012: The human brain never ceases to amaze. You are surrounded by love but you question your very self. Intrusive thoughts are like smoke from a chimney; it’s the heat of something … Such great writing, meloncauli! The intrusive thoughts keep the anxiety going and maintain the fear-producing spiral. Intrusive thoughts are unwanted thoughts, impulses, or mental images that cause anxiety, and stress. Thanks for your post - enjoyed reading it! How to eliminate Intrusive thoughts. The thoughts can be the weirdest and most frightening thoughts you can imagine. I still have depression and my thinking feels off a lot. Consider reading the “Steps” and the “Try Not To” again. How do I find the right health professional? Suite #412 Intrusive thoughts are powerful because they “stick” in your mind. Obsessive thoughts just pop up in your head triggering an anxiety attack and you just can’t understand what happened. People who are bothered by intrusive thoughts need to learn a new relationship to their thoughts--that sometimes the content of thoughts are irrelevant and unimportant. I wish no one had to deal with it, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one with weird thoughts that just keep circling my brain. Cognitive-behavioral techniques for intrusive thoughts. They are what keeps me going! In reply to Instrusive thoughts by Zenaida Bucio. Thank you once more for the supportive words. Jacob, I believe that two professional doctors would know more about what they are talking about. Engage in normal activity as much as possible when you have accepted the thought. I hope it will be helpful too! Junk thoughts are meaningless. Only you will know if you are truly accepting. I have known so many people, myself included who have been dogged down by huge anxiety problems, and since I recovered a few years ago, it has been my aim to spread some helpful words and help as many sufferers as I can. Intrusive Thoughts . Types of These Thoughts. Thank you for this article!! Severe anxiety can affect us in so many ways. (insert heart). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, intrusive thoughts are among the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).They can also be a feature of anxiety… Obsessions are unwanted and upsetting thoughts or urges to do things. var hu = document.createElement('script'); hu.type = 'text/javascript'; hu.async = true; hu.id = 'huscript'; meloncauli (author) from UK on October 05, 2012: catgypsy from the South on October 05, 2012: No, thank you meloncauli for wanting to help people. For example, I have the tendency to worry about the week ahead, the things I dread having to do, people that I need to face e.g. Read the Q&A Blog Post About Intrusive Thoughts and How to Deal with Them Blog Post by Drs. Try to figure out what your thoughts "mean. _huq.push(['_createPostsWidget', 'anxiety-depression-supportHUWidget', 'anxiety-depression-support', 200]); Bizarre thoughts can be a result of severe anxiety. Intrusive thoughts can sometimes accompany obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). In general, a specific type of medication called serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SRIs have been found to be the best medication for OCD intrusive thoughts and other symptoms of OCD. This will help many especially in our modern society where stress is high. In the presence of anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, intrusive thoughts should especially not be suppressed, but rather, they should be examined, confronted, and worked through. Just wanted to know has anyone gone through the same problem, Yes I too get these thought from mo where. The many physical symptoms that co-exist with anxiety, such as blushing or stuttering in social anxiety, or those associated with feelings of panic such as palpitations or feelings of breathlessness, are what often drive individuals to seek help. It is important to understand in the first place, that everyone gets weird thoughts at some time or another. The thoughts are so convincing! Make sure to keep any activities in a private space by yourself until you're mature and ready to explore which will be years away yet. Some really great information and very helpful :). i have been through bad times in the past and after my daughter birth its been more panic. I just dismissed it as something I wasn't really interested in and went about my day. Knowing there are so many others going through the same thing has helped me a little already. Overcoming scary, Intrusive and Racing Thoughts with anxiety Worrying, obsessive, intrusive or racing thoughts are some of the symptoms of anxiety that can bother people the most. Thank you, and to the people who are suffering, keep your chin up and keep moving through. You are what you eat. Surrendering that thought to the Lord and "taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" 2 Cor. 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