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Intrusive thoughts and irrational fears, what to do?

Intrusive thoughts and irrational fears, what to do?

Consider: psychological / psychiatric evaluation to better understand your fears and to develop a treatment approach. Take care. ...Read more

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How do u stop intrusive thoughts about suicidal idealization?

How do u stop intrusive thoughts about suicidal idealization?

Get professional : Help. If you have a plan that you might carry out or if your thoughts are scaring you - please go to your nearest er now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If you need to call 911 for transport - that is ok too. If it is not an imminent issue, please find a psychiatrist or psychologist in your area. This is treatable and you are worth it. Take care. ...Read more

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Will Lexapro (escitalopram) fix negative intrusive irrational thoughts?

Will Lexapro (escitalopram) fix negative intrusive irrational thoughts?

Might: Hard to believe a pill changes a thought but if Lexapro (escitalopram) controls your depression it will--be patient takes a few weeks to recover completely. ...Read more

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Frightening thoughts and feelings, help?

Frightening thoughts and feelings, help?

Anxiety : I recommend seeing a psychologist/psychiatrist for a proper diagnostic evaluation. Frightening thoughts and feelings are symptoms of several anxiety disorders. All of which can be treated with therapy and/or medication if warranted. ...Read more

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Can anxiety disorder involve obsessive actions and thoughts and feelings?

Can anxiety disorder involve obsessive actions and thoughts and feelings?

CBT: It can. Obsessive compulsive disorder is actually one of the anxiety disorders. If that is a problem for you, consider seeing a psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Will Lexapro (escitalopram) help negative intrusive thoughts from OCD that are irrational?

Might help: Rx for ocd is a high dose of ssri & cbt-- in my experience other ssris & Anafranil (clomipramine) more effective. ...Read more

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Frightening thoughts and feelings, need help?

Frightening thoughts and feelings, need help?

Get referral: No individual advice, but deep breathing techniques will decrease intense anxiety for most. There's even apps for that, unwanted and frightening thoughts can be indicants of an anxiety disorder, such as an obsessive-compulsive disorder, or simply a stress reaction. Medical issues, drugs, and medications should be assessed. Cognitive behavioral therapy by a psychologist is often very effective. ...Read more

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Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

See a psychiatrist: These may be symptoms of major depressive disorder or other psychiatric disorders. It is important to seek help from a psychiatrist or get a referral from your primary care doctor. Suicidal thoughts should be evaluated immediately. Call your doctor or go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Clearly: This is not something that can be handled online. Your medications are not helping enough, and you need to see a psychiatrist asap for complete evaluation and treatment. If currently having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of violence towards others, please go to an emergency room for evaluation. Please get a friend or family member to drive you, or call 911. ...Read more

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How can you stop obsessive thoughts / anxiety attacks?

How can you stop obsessive thoughts / anxiety attacks?

Combined treatment: Sometimes combining treatments gives the best results. Strongly consider cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychotropic medications may also be indicated. Acupuncture is excellent for balancing your energy and treating both anxiety and obessive symptoms. Deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, tai chi, meditation & exercise help too. ...Read more

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Can Luvox (fluvoxamine) cause unwanted homicidal thoughts?

Can Luvox (fluvoxamine) cause unwanted homicidal thoughts?

Uncommon but possibl: Did you recently begin taking Luvox (fluvoxamine)? Sometimes medications can have unpredictable effects. No matter what the cause, however, homicidal thoughts should be discussed with your psychiatrist and/ therapist right away. ...Read more

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Can luvox (fluvoxamine) stop suicide thoughts?

Yes it can: Luvox (fluvoxamine) is a typical ssri antidepressant and like any antidepressant , it treats all symptoms related to depression including negative , suicidal thoughts ...Read more

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How to avoid intrusive thoughts?

How to avoid intrusive thoughts?

Depends: What you thinking about? If thinking about hurting self or anyone else, OR if thoughts are waking up from sleep, you need to talk to someone about it as soon as possible! If thoughts are of things you ACTUALLY need to get done, DO them. If, however, are unhelpful, meaningless thoughts that plague many of us, try guided meditation, yoga, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. If none help, consider meds. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants help with fleeting suicidal thoughts?

Do antidepressants help with fleeting suicidal thoughts?

Antidepressants may: Help, but it is still important to explore and resolve what the suicidal thoughts are about. Medication alone is seldom the best treatment for depression. Talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

I am experiencing  impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more

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Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

In addition to the: medical advice already given,please see a mental health professional for evaluation for possible Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,especially if you are trying to ward off impending danger that you may not even be able to identify. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

I am experiencing  fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as symptoms you describe is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Mood swings. Depressed, hyperactive. Cloudy, busy, vivid thoughts & daydreams/dreams. Mild blackouts/forgetfulness. Angry outbursts. & more. Help?!

Mood swings. Depressed, hyperactive. Cloudy, busy, vivid thoughts & daydreams/dreams. Mild blackouts/forgetfulness. Angry outbursts. & more. Help?!

See below: Are these new or old symptoms? Are you or have you started any new medication? Tried any new drugs? All these things potentially might have an effect on you. It's always a good idea to rule out anything medical going on. You might want to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor for a complete work up and then take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with obsessive and intrusive thoughts?

Encourage: psychiatric assessment. When issues is better understood, treatment recommendations can be made (like cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotropic meds, etc.). ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best way to deal with obsessive and intrusive thoughts?

Can you tell me what is the best way to deal with obsessive and intrusive thoughts?

Yes i can: 1. get help 2. see a psychiatrist, get on an ssri, usually at a fairly high dose - might take a couple mos to get dose up there. 3. find a therapist 4. read "Stop Obessing" by foa ...Read more

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How to avoid intrusive thoughts?

Depends: What you thinking about? If thinking about hurting self or anyone else, OR if thoughts are waking up from sleep, you need to talk to someone about it as soon as possible! If thoughts are of things you ACTUALLY need to get done, DO them. If, however, are unhelpful, meaningless thoughts that plague many of us, try guided meditation, yoga, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. If none help, consider meds. ...Read more

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How can I overcome intrusive thoughts?

How can I overcome intrusive thoughts?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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How do u stop intrusive thoughts about suicidal idealization?

Get professional : Help. If you have a plan that you might carry out or if your thoughts are scaring you - please go to your nearest er now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If you need to call 911 for transport - that is ok too. If it is not an imminent issue, please find a psychiatrist or psychologist in your area. This is treatable and you are worth it. Take care. ...Read more

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Very hopeless about life, is meditation help me to avoid intrusive thoughts?

Very hopeless about life, is meditation help me to avoid intrusive thoughts?

Possibly: Meditation can help you relax, lower blood pressure, enhance concentration. In your culture, it is a spiritual experience, of which I am familiar. However, when one talks about feeling hopeless, then it is time for some further help. Best to seek counseling and even medication to help you get over this period of depression. Namaste. ...Read more

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Hi, I keep getting intrusive thoughts and it's affecting my everyday life, how do I overcome this?

Hi, I keep getting intrusive thoughts and it's affecting my everyday life, how do I overcome this?

Evaluation first: The first thing you need is a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause. Start with your GP, but you may need to see a psychiatrist. If this is a manifestation of psychosis or anxiety disorder, medications may help. If not, cognitive behavioral therapy may be able to give you some relief. ...Read more

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Are intrusive thoughts a part of aspergers or a sign of something more? (regarding 7 y/o with as dx)

Are intrusive thoughts a part of aspergers or a sign of something more? (regarding 7 y/o with as dx)

Intrusive thoughts: Are not specific to any condition, may happen to anyone but most dismiss them. They can be distressing & may occur in obsessive-compulsive disorder, ptsd, other anxiety disorders, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, adhd, loss of reality contact, etc. People with aspergers may have intrusive thoughts & may have some of the conditions above. Seek psychological/psychiatric eval. ...Read more

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My grandmother expired one week agoi get intrusive thoughts about my own death. How to get over this?

My grandmother expired one week agoi get intrusive thoughts about my own death. How to get over this?

It is normal.: It is normal to feel depressed when someone close to you die. You could talk to a counselor to help you through this difficult time. Talking to other family members can also help because they , too, may have the same feelings. Just don't suffer through this alone. ...Read more

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I keep having intrusive thoughts about being clean and picking my skin. Is this some sort of mental issue?

I keep having intrusive thoughts about being clean and picking my skin. Is this some sort of mental issue?

Obsessive Thoughts: This experience is actually very common. It can be quite debilitating, but does not have to be. I would suggest that you may do well to get into a expert in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. Your family doctor can help you find the right fit. ...Read more

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Is inositol safe to buy and take if your 18? Will it help me relax and not think about my intrusive thoughts?

Is inositol safe to buy and take if your 18? Will it help me relax and not think about my intrusive thoughts?

See your doctor: Inositol is a compound that naturally occurs in the body, and is thought to affect the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin and other neurotransmitters play important roles in treatment of depression and anxiety. In your case, you describe having intrusive thoughts. Suggest seeing your doctor for a complete evaluation and recommendations instead of trying to treat your symptoms on your own. Best. ...Read more

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Is anxiety real or just thoughts you find scary. I suffer from intrusive thoughts and not sure how to let them go ie not believe them?

Is anxiety real or just thoughts you find scary. I suffer from intrusive thoughts and not sure how to let them go ie not believe them?

BOTH: Anxiety may result from worry or fear. However, it is like going back and forth in a rocking chair and getting nowhere. Rather than procrastinate, take some type of action to address an issue and set in motion a solution. Also, consider using the power of auto suggestion by repeating a positive affirmation 20-30x out loud or to yourself upon retiring to bed. Do this for 3-4 weeks and re-evaluate. ...Read more

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When looking at people, I have intrusive thoughts sexual and violent in nature. Then I start to worry they might arouse me. Is this common? Reassure

When looking at people, I have intrusive thoughts sexual and violent in nature. Then I start to worry they might arouse me. Is this common? Reassure

Intrusive: thoughts w/fear of arousal is not "normal" to use your word, but there can be some of those thoughts in people. A lot depends on the level of discomfort and if they interfere w/functioning. Please see a mental health professional for proper diagnosis and possible treatment. MAY be a mood disorder or discomfort w/sexuality. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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These obsessive intrusive thoughts are causing me distress, what do I do?

These obsessive intrusive thoughts are causing me distress, what do I do?

Eval: Get a full psychiatric evaluation for obsessional thoughts or even obsessive compulsive disorder, and see if meds are warranted. If so, anti-anxiety meds are most typically used. Also, get a referral for a reputable clinician who specializes in OCD, anxiety, and obsessional disorders. ...Read more

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I have OCD and dealing with really disturbing and intrusive thoughts. How can I cope or manage symptoms?

I have OCD and dealing with really disturbing and intrusive thoughts. How can I cope or manage symptoms?

See answer: OCD is generally treated with therapy (interpersonal, CBT and/or exposure) and medication. Do see a mental health professional for a diagnostic evaluation and guidance. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ocd/basics/definition/con-20027827 I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Have intrusive thoughts. Very bad in nature, involving inappropriate content. I don't like them. Am I crazy? Does this mean I am gonna act on them?

Have intrusive thoughts. Very bad in nature, involving inappropriate content. I don't like them. Am I crazy? Does this mean I am gonna act on them?

Intrusive thoughts: can be distressing and may indicate the need for treatment. The best way to determine this is an evaluation with a psychiatrist or a psychologist. As long as they are thoughts and are not actions, you're doing great, and it's less of a concerning safety issue; however, I would recommend that you seek help for your distress over your thoughts. I'm sure that this is upsetting. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had intrusive thoughts. Reassurance usually worked. Now I have a fear that i might like them. Is this characteristic of intrusive thoughts? Pls help

Had intrusive thoughts. Reassurance usually worked. Now I have a fear that i might like them. Is this characteristic of intrusive thoughts? Pls help

Fears are OK.: It's OK to have fears. We all fear one thing or another. But it's not OK when the fears become so consuming and disruptive that they impair your ability to function. The key is not to target the fears, but the thoughts. Put the thoughts into their appropriate context, identify their source and work to eradicate them. ...Read more

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I'm having intrusive thoughts which i cannot fight; they are violent, include death and suffering of the people i love and they keep coming to my mind?

Please go to: Your doctor and tell him/her. Tell your parents or other trusted person. You probably need medication for your situation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can quitting smoking cause intrusive thoughts?

Can quitting smoking cause intrusive thoughts?

ISmoking can: But these are typically related to the act of smoking or ones self perceived will power. When in doubt seek councilng to assist with the process ( at the very least) ...Read more

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