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Have you ever had these thoughts? What did you do about them?
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Posted 12/3/15
I try to meditate to calm myself down whenever I get to having thoughts like that running through my head.
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The best advice I have is to see a therapist. But dont take any medication if you stop taking it things will get worse. They could help you with breathing techniques and other stuff. Another thing go see some Buddhists try and find a local Buddhist gathering and talk with them. That's what really helped me I had the same problems I was one a fire department shift for EMT school a few months back and got called to respond to a triple shooting all of them were kids and they were DOA. I was so screwed up hell I think I still am, I'm always lieing to myself saying Im a positive person and I'm happy but deep down I'm never going to get passed that. BUT anyway learning to mediate and talking to people older and wiser than you can really help calm your mind. One last thing if you get crazy thoughts go outside and run! Getting your pulse to rise for at least a half hour will make you feel alot better.
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Hey there, a bit late to this thread because I was at the theater tonight.

First off, I'm not a professional in this subject, so take all this with a grain of salt. With that said, though, this sounds a lot like OCD.


"*sigh* Okay. I have a serious problem that I am speaking to some professional about. I tend to get these thoughts that come without any warning. I don't think it because it's weird and wrong. These thoughts just come out of nowhere and their very bad. How does one deal with intrusive thoughts? These thoughts are so bad and morbid that they sometimes leave me in tears. For the pass few days the thoughts have been about me losing my mother and any other family member. They're so vivid and real that it scares me. I don't even think like this but these thoughts just come out of nowhere. So have any of you had these thoughts or am I crazy? What can I do to stop these thoughts from happening? "


To answer your questions: Yes, many people have thoughts like this, in fact almost everybody does. And no, you're not crazy, either. Many people suffer with these kinds of thoughts on a regular basis. I also see in another post that you mention that you worry often.

This all sounds really relatable, because I suffer from OCD and actually went through a real tough time because of it last year. It got to the point where I did need to go to therapy because of my intrusive thoughts.

What I learned is that in my case, the thoughts weren't the problem. What was the problem was the amount of attention I gave to the thoughts. Basically it works like this. You have an obsession, intrusive thoughts, for example, and then you have the compulsion, which can be anything from a physical trait to just ruminating constantly about the thoughts and trying to overcome it with logic. This leads to the disorder. In my case, I would have an intrusive thought, then think about that thought, and the more I would try to eliminate it, the tougher it was to get rid of them.


dont try to hard to stop thinking about it

itll just bounce back stronger


This is really good advice and basically what I was going through.

So, how can it be conquered? Well, it's difficult, but it can be done! When I went to see a professional, I was treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, and it's something that can really work. I know it can be difficult because of how strong these thoughts can be, but remember to stay strong and seek out help.

Once again, I'm not a doctor so I'm not sure if you do have OCD. But if you want to look up more information to see for yourself, here are some resources:
https://iocdf.org/
http://www.ocduk.org/
http://beyondocd.org/
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Sounds like OCD. I have been dealing with it on and off for years.
Try conscious breathing
http://plumvillage.org/mindfulness-practice/breathing/
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Don't know if it will help, but have a listen to this podcast:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/93554-voices-in-your-head/
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Posted 12/4/15

asharka wrote:

Don't know if it will help, but have a listen to this podcast:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/93554-voices-in-your-head/


Thanks.
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It's likely OCD. I've been dealing with terrifrying thoughts myself for a while, first starting off as worrying about bad things happening to myself, then to the people I care about... Then it got so bad that I got to the point where I thought that I wanted these things to happen, or even that I was going to do them myself... This is a perfectly normal part of OCD, and as long as you have no desire to act on them there's no need to worry. Go and see a therapist and they'll be able to help you personally deal with these thoughts.

When these thoughts come, how do you feel? Upset, distressed, terrified, maybe even a little sick? That's good. You know why? Because those reactions prove to you that these thoughts are exactly the opposite of what you want. They prove you're a good person with nothing to worry about. The problem is that when you assign too much emotion and attention to these thoughts then it drastically increases their staying power. That's where therapy can help you break that cycle and get you back to enjoying life without worrying too much about these things.
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