30 January 2018 - 22:43
I am trying to further my understanding on Intrusive Thoughts, essentially trying to learn as much as I possibly can.
I suffer from unwanted thoughts that plague my mind. They seem very specific to my experiences and don't fit into the typical categories. I have spoken (online only) to a therapist who agrees initially upon my own self assessment of my issue as a form of OCD.
But I wanted to learn about you. Please comment below with any information you have to share from your own experiences, how it affects you and your wellbeing. I will share briefly upon a few notes about my experience and would love to hear if you're similar.
1 - The thoughts can come from anywhere at any time. Whilst something can trigger them, it does not always seem to be the case, and they can 'strike' at random unexpected moments.
2 - The thoughts can vary from certain ideas or images but focus on something specific, a subject that you react negatively too.
3 - The thoughts can last days, weeks and sometimes months. Some days are better than others, whilst some seem unbearable. For lengthy periods of time the thoughts do not exist at all, or at least minimally, leaving you to almost forget they were ever a problem. Yet they return as always.
4 - You will try to reduce the level of anxiety associated with the thoughts by avoiding certain things, specific to your issue of course. You may even mentally try to reduce the thoughts by distracting yourself.
5 - Some nights it seems impossible to sleep as you constantly think about the unwanted thoughts.
6 - The thoughts cause considerable anxiety and sometimes depression too.
Would love to hear your experiences. Do you experience those six points also?