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How can i get rid of negative thoughts? therapy, meditation, i m confused

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Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Cause or context?: Periodic negative thoughts are "our lot in life" - but if it is very distressing, for example, disrupting sleep, your daily routine, or prompting self-medication with substances like alcohol, consider formal psychiatric evaluation. Thought stopping - visualizing a large red stop sign, and shouting to yourself "stop" - can also help. Intentional distraction can disrupt rumination as well.
Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Positive thoughts: For every negative thought, force yourself to counter it with a positive thought / affirmation. There are prescription medications that can sometimes help obsessive / intrusive negative thoughts and meditation can sometimes be helpful (though difficult to do); but i think that i would want to suggest that you engage in some form of aerobic exercise to give yourself release and relief. Good luck.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Accept it: Buddist believe whatever arises in consiousness just watch this thought do not feel guilty or judgmental - by just watching your thought ego feels ashamed and eventually the thoughts will shift. In energy by watching you will realize these might not be your thoughts eventually. So the first step to attain peace is to just watch our thoughts.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown commented
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
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Did you know when Budda meditated - 100miles around him never felt sick. We have the power to clear energy I'n our area
Jan 28, 2012

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