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Thursday, March 16, 2017

What Intrusive Thoughts Are

Intrusive thoughts are strange and/or disturbing thoughts caused by mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders and OCD. Some of them are just weird, like eating something inedible. Others are disturbing and/or involve violence.

Like sometimes, I look at an object like a T-shirt or a vase and picture it being destroyed. It's not that I'm angry or I hate it; in fact, I often like the thing I'm looking at. But this is what my brain does.

It's also possible to have intrusive thoughts about things like suicide, self-harm, sex, and rape. Not fun in the frigging least.

It's important to point out most people don't want to act on their intrusive thoughts. Just thinking about driving your car into a tree, to give an example, doesn't mean you want to do it. It just happens because your brain is mean to you.

More resources and info
http://www.drmartinseif.com/resources/intrusive-thoughts.html
http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/signs/intrusive-thoughts
http://ocdlife.ca/groinal-response-the-physical-side-of-sexual-obsessions/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intrusive_thought

© 2017 by M.R.R.

2 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

This is an important post. People with these thoughts need help and thanks for sharing your own experience.

M.R. R. said...

@ Sheena-kay Graham
It's good to know the term, because thoughts of this nature can make you feel like you're a horrible person.