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Intrusive Thoughts and Feelings With High Anxiety

Updated on April 11, 2017
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Meloncauli is an ex-nurse and anxiety management therapist. She suffered for many years with both anxiety and depression.

Bizarre thoughts can be a result of severe anxiety
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When you suffer with high levels of anxiety, many strange thoughts may develop. They are sudden thoughts that flash through your mind, leaving you feeling more alarmed than ever, thus exacerbating your anxious state. The nature of these thoughts varies greatly from person to person, but they can be so scary and bizarre that you wonder about your safety and that of others around you.

These kinds of thoughts can be attached to anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. This article will look closely at the kind of thoughts we tend to get, why we might get them, and what we can do to cope with them.

Understanding Intrusive, Bizarre Thoughts

It is important to understand in the first place, that everyone gets weird thoughts at some time or another. We tend to forget this when are so severely anxious. Here is an example of how a person who does not have an anxiety disorder may think:

A television viewer may be watching a true crime programme on television. It may be about a family member killing another family member. A thought may pop into the viewer’s head along the lines of “I don’t get on with my brother and he makes me sick. I could kill him sometimes. I haven’t got a gun but there must be other ways’! He actually thought for a few seconds about the possibility of killing his brother.

This person may then stop to consider what he just thought. He would realise immediately that it would never happen, and the thought would be forgotten in a minute or two, perhaps with a silent smile at the irrationality of the thought. He knows he is not capable of murdering anyone let alone his own brother. Dumb thought!

You do not believe an average person gets these kinds of thoughts? The fact is they do. People don’t share their weird thoughts with others and keep their nature a secret. We are all guilty of not so nice thoughts often based on such feelings as anger, hate, disgust and jealousy for example.

Occasionally, some people may get a sexually perverted thought popping up in their head. It is fleeting, is not built on intent to act on the perversion and passes as quickly as it arrives. It is as if the subconscious brain talks to you at times without you asking it to! When we do not have an anxiety problem we dismiss these thoughts very quickly. We don’t ask why we thought them or give them any importance.

Intrusive Bizarre Thoughts When Anxious

People who are chronically anxious are in a highly sensitive state. They are over sensitive to comments made by others, their own thoughts and equally to their own fearful reactions. Everything is magnified in the mind of an anxiety disorder sufferer.

Chronic high levels of anxiety produce many physical symptoms that a person is not comfortable with. The sufferers are often only aware that they are trying to control the physical manifestations of their anxiety. When intrusive thoughts start popping up uninvited, sufferers will begin to think that they must be going crazy and definitely out of control. Already tired from the physical repercussions of their anxiety, they often find the thoughts the hardest thing of all to accept and deal with.

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The thoughts can be the weirdest and most frightening thoughts you can imagine. They feel totally out of place and shock a sufferer. Years ago when I had panic disorder and was exhausted and sensitive, I would get strange thoughts popping up quite regularly.

For example:

One day I was peeling potatoes in my kitchen with a sharp knife. One of my children was playing in the kitchen at the time. Suddenly out of nowhere I thought that had I better put the knife down or I may stab my child! I felt fixated on the knife for a few seconds as if it was glued to my hand, then dropped it and walked out of the kitchen. This began my fear of holding knives. I did not feel safe holding a knife. It petrified me; such was the effect that one thought had on me.

This is just one example of many such thoughts I had. I believed in all of these sudden scary thoughts and felt totally unable to stop them.

Thoughts of Harming Someone

Over the past few years, whilst helping other people address their chronic anxiety issues, I have seen many who have experienced the most appalling thoughts that have scared them terribly. Common intrusive thoughts with high anxiety levels are that you may hurt yourself or others, especially those close to you. Several ladies have expressed their suitability as mothers, because they have had a fleeting thought of harming their children in some way. They believe that if they are capable of thinking these thoughts, then they must be capable of carrying out the suggestions of them. One lady was so scared that she asked her husband to take care of the kids as much as possible, and she kept her distance.

I must say at this point, that it is highly unlikely you would ever carry out an action related to these kinds of thoughts and it doesn’t mean you are going crazy.

You may actually love your children so much and be feeling worried about your ability to cope. A thought about harming your children could purely be centred around your love for them and a feeling of helplessness.

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Other Intrusive Thoughts

I have heard people mention many different but equally disturbing thoughts. Some of the worst ones are attached to a depersonalized or derealized state, posing the question of one’s very existence. The unreality felt at times by those who are very sensitized by anxiety, throw sufferers completely off balance.

Other common intrusive thoughts are about:

  • Commiting suicide
  • Suddenly dying
  • Never finding a cure
  • Brain tumours
  • Going crazy
  • Behaving strangely in public
  • Being deserted by everyone
  • Losing control generally
  • Being allergic to everything
  • Being punished

Some of the thoughts can seem obsessional-compulsive in nature and can cause ritualistic behaviours in order to prevent something awful from happening.

Most of all anxiety sufferers are bewildered as to why they should be feeling unreal and why they are having strange thoughts in the first place. Many can’t believe for a moment that it is only anxiety.

Why Do We Have Intrusive Thoughts?

Chronic high levels of anxiety produce a steady stream or rushes of adrenaline. The pouring out of adrenaline keeps us on high alert preparing us to fight or run away. When there is nothing legitimate to run away from, the energy produced by adrenaline has nowhere to go. Have you seen how nervous people wring their hands, talk fast, rush around, play with their hair, and move around in their seats? This is all about having excess physical and mental energy. They have all this energy and yet they feel exhausted. It is a vicious cycle causing a burnout.

A tired mind finds it hard to grasp the rationale at times. A tired mind becomes confused much more easily and finds it hard to cope with the thousand questions it is being asked.

Remember how I said that people who don’t have an anxiety problem get strange intrusive thoughts and dismiss them immediately? These people are not on high alert.

A person with high levels of anxiety is, without realizing it, actually ready and waiting to jump on anything and everything, be it mental or physical in manifestation. The shock of the thought is much more pronounced because these people are highly sensitive, emotional and therefore highly open to suggestion. It knocks them for six!

After the initial shock of the thought, the next thing they will do is dwell on that thought and question it. Rumination is an enemy to an anxiety sufferer. They will analyze it and by analyzing it will give it a profound importance. The whole episode is then stored in memory ready to spring out again at any time. In the anxious state you have performed a reaction that is “anxious”. The next time that the thought arises, the same reaction will follow as if by instinct. In many ways it is learned behaviour. So you have a cycle of:

  • Anxiety
  • Adrenaline
  • Thought
  • Fearful reaction
  • Anxiety
  • More adrenaline
  • Another thought
  • Same reaction
  • Anxiety
  • More adrenaline

The thing to note is that the reaction is the very thing that feeds the cause.

Intrusive thoughts will go away when the anxiety is addressed.
Intrusive thoughts will go away when the anxiety is addressed. | Source

How to Cope with Intrusive Thoughts

  • Recognise that you may have had strange thoughts before becoming highly anxious, but they now have a magnified meaning because of your anxiety. Accept this.
  • Learn all about how adrenaline affects your anxious state. To understand is half the battle.
  • Look on this as nothing more than anxiety trickery or the bluff of anxiety.
  • Change your reaction to “no reaction”, not in the fearful sense at least. This is easier said than done, but as ridiculous as it sounds, try to learn to smile at these thoughts. Know that to give them no importance can break the chain of producing yet more adrenaline, by way of the anxiety they produce.
  • Don’t fight the thoughts. Let them be there, quietly and with as much nonchalance as you can muster. Accept willingly and give them permission to be there.
  • Engage in normal activity as much as possible when you have accepted the thought. Distraction will not work alone but will merely put off the inevitably of repetition. A nod of acceptance and then moving on with activity is the best way forward. Only you will know if you are truly accepting.
  • Tell yourself that you are in control and your intrusive thoughts only mean something if you give them importance.

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Thought for the Day

Thoughts are words in the mind. Words strung together with letters. Thoughts conjure up pictures and therefore scenarios when you attach meaning to the words. In the mind of an anxiety sufferer, these scenarios are usually negative. Thoughts only have the meaning and importance that you give them.

Whilst action can follow thought, you have to make a conscious decision to act on a thought.

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      I had never thought about the way that intrusive thoughts and anxiety go hand-in-hand, meloncauli. This is a great hub on a difficult subject matter, and I hope it will be helpful to someone who needs it!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very interesting and a topic I have never really thought about. However it was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

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      meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks Leah. I hope it will be helpful too!

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      meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

      Glad you found it interesting Carol. Thanks for dropping by to read it.

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      Kimberlie Kacan 4 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      The human brain never ceases to amaze. I've never looked too much into anxiety disorders so I never realized exactly what they were about. Thanks for shedding some light!

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      This is so familiar to me that it's like reading my life history! When I first started having anxiety problems, this would happen a lot and it's so scary. As the years have gone by and I've lived with anxiety for so long, I can handle any weird thought better because I know what you say is true, it's just a reaction to anxiety out of fear.

      Your hubs on this subject are excellent and I have treasured reading them. Even as long as I've dealt with this, I still love reading anything that makes me feel better and your hubs always do. Such great writing, meloncauli! Thanks.

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      meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for your comment kimberlie. I hope you found it interesting. :)

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      meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

      Hi catgypsy and thanks for the comment. I am so glad you have enjoyed reading my hubs. It pleases me greatly if anyone feels better for reading my articles.

      I have known so many people, myself included who have been dogged down by huge anxiety problems, and since I recovered a few years ago, it has been my aim to spread some helpful words and help as many sufferers as I can. Thanks again :)

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      No, thank you meloncauli for wanting to help people.

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      meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

      My pleasure catgypsy!

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      Dr. Gary L. Sidley 4 years ago from Lancashire, England

      Another scholarly hub, meloncauli, full of helpful guidance and explanation.

      Two coping strategies that you mention I think are particularly helpful:

      1. To just let the intrusive thoughts happen without trying to resist - if you try and push them out of your mind you tend to get a "rebound effect" where the thoughts push into our minds with greater force.

      2. Challenge beliefs about the thoughts (referred to in the literature at "meta-beliefs") such as "Thinking things means I really want to act them out", "These thoughts mean I am going crazy/losing control."

      Thanks for another great hub.

      Best wishes

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      meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the comment gsidley.

      Yes I agree with your comments entirely.

      There is a similar effect to , "don't think of the word elephant" and then all you can think of is the word "elephant"!

      Best wishes to you too :)

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      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      What a crazy good hub! The connection between intrusive thoughts and anxiety is amazing. You make this difficult subject easy to understand. What a smart read! Thanks for putting it all together.

      Cheers~

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      meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks so much for your comment K9keystrokes and the follow. :)

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      wwriter 3 years ago from India

      The human brain is amazing. Both the problem and the solution lie within the brain!

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      meloncauli 3 years ago from UK

      It certainly is! Thanks for dropping by to comment :)

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      McGrath7 3 years ago

      A truly exceptional read, I've suffered with this problem and found this really stimulating, credit to you for wanting to spread the word and wanting to help people, thankyou.

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      meloncauli 3 years ago from UK

      Thank you so much :)

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      Si 2 years ago

      This has seriously helped me to realise I'm not going out of my mind one of the most useful Pieces of information I've ever read thank you

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      meloncauli 2 years ago from UK

      Thanks very much Si. I am glad it has been of some use to you.

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      rik 2 years ago

      A very good read which confirms information I have read elsewhere. I am currently in an anxiety relapse but using great articles like this allows me to keep the faith that I can ignore my horrible thoughts and feelings and get over anxiety again. It takes true commitment but recovery is completely possible as I found out many years ago.

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      Eve 2 years ago

      I have always had OCD obsessive thoughts, not the usual worrying about germs type of OCD, but just annoying, intrusive thoughts like endless analysing, making sure thoughts are in even numbers etc...it pretty much rules my life but I have learnt to manage it somehow...usually too embarrassing to talk about as they are things that have no justification for worry.

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      Angela 21 months ago

      I am having problems coping with everyday life, I feel kicked when I need to have a supportive family. I am a single mother, and my parents are a big part of my life, sometimes my mother talks down to me, I come home and cry, and my X's parents have actually called CPS on me, saying I have mental illness and do not accept help; and my house was a fire hazard, etc...They did this to me before, while my father was in ICU, after a 19 hour "cleaning" surgery, because of all of his blocked arteries. I lost a 70,000 a year income and have NOT worked at all this year, I do not know how I do stay caught up on my finances, except by the grace of God. I wish I knew how to deal with this, however, I definitely do not want to hurt my children; but sometimes I'd love to just run away with them, and no one knows where I am. I am very depressed, crying and sad 98% of the time. I wish I knew what to do, how to do it, and stress relievers ~My children and doing things outside with them are so pleasant~ I do feel stomped on, and cannot find a job, after working from home making fantastic money as a transcriptionist; EMR has done away with my job, and I have worked at two facilities since then, just as a temp. Any advice?? Your article is fantastic, thanks a million!

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      meloncauli 21 months ago from UK

      Hi. You have so much on your plate right now and you obviously have a measure of depression @Angela Have you shared how you feel with a professional? If you haven't maybe you should. Its hard with so little information to offer good advice but do feel free to send me an email. X

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      Liz 21 months ago

      My anxiety stems from emotional dilemmas. Unsolvable problems. I escape using Facebook. I have to have mental stimulation so FB, the internet, web browsing, email reading, etc., do it for me.

      I finally stopped all medication. It really didn't help me. The stress of living under an overbearing narcissistic husband and autistic child just about did me in. There was nowhere to go except to shelter myself from them by using but to Facebook, etc., as an escape.

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      Catherine 20 months ago

      This helped me so much! Thank you so much for posting this, these thoughts can be so life-consuming!

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      Saoirse 19 months ago from England

      Thank you for writing this.

      It's horrible what anxiety can do but it's how we react to the thoughts that the key to getting better. Just easier said than done!

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      Kawai 17 months ago from Singapore

      I think mindfulness, as simple as it sounds, is the most simple and effective method for anxiety relief. Some people may underestimate the powerful effects it can have and simply brush it off. I personally try to practice mindfulness everyday and it has been pretty life changing. For example, I have the tendency to worry about the week ahead, the things I dread having to do, people that I need to face e.g. - but I am able to snap myself out of it quite quickly when I tell myself to just focus on what I have to do just for today. I also try to find small rewards for myself when I get through a hard day - e.g. longer hot shower, a small chocolate, watch a good video/movie.

      My anxiety has also gone down a little when I stop trying to multitask. Just do one thing at a time.

      And when disturbing intrusive thoughts are taking over, I find distraction is really helpful. Watching something brainless on YouTube helps me to feel lighter and happier.

      Thanks for your post - enjoyed reading it!

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      Rebecca C Mandeville MA 16 months ago

      Glad this popped up on my page - likely because I just wrote a hub on anxiety as a health-seeking signal. I'm a licensed Psychotherapist and I already know of a few clients that will benefit from your wonderful article here on intrusive thoughts. Thank you for putting this together.

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      Lori Colbo 14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Meloncauli you write some very informative articles on mental health issues and they are well written in format and content. I just want to say thank you. (insert heart)

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      meloncauli 14 months ago from UK

      Thank you so much. It's a subject thats close to my heart. Xx

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      Marie Giunta 14 months ago from Sydney, Australia

      It's so easy to think you are the only person suffering anxiety when you are going through tough times. This article is a good example of how people can help themselves. It's well written meloncauli with practical advice and I'm sure you've help many with this article. Well done and thanks.

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      meloncauli 13 months ago from UK

      Thanks so much for reading and leaving your comment. Severe anxiety can affect us in so many ways.

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      Jo Lim 13 months ago

      Amazing article written. This will help many especially in our modern society where stress is high. Thanks.

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      meloncauli 13 months ago from UK

      Thank you Jo :)

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      Edgar 10 months ago

      Wow I like this!!! I been suffering with intrusive thoughts for 4 years after working as a correctional officer!! It has ruin my life where I'm never happy cause my thoughts make me worry and very upset that I might act on them and go crazy. I'm glad that I saw this page makes me feel that I'm not alone! Thank you for this article!!

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      Yasmine 9 months ago

      Thank you for writing this article. I have a job interview tomorrow and I'm freaking out for no reason. I have a really high anxiety disorder. I'm on medication but i always have butterflies in my tummy.

      I will try my best to cope up with the anxiety by following your points...

      Thank You so much xxx

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      Della 8 months ago

      This article is so much of what I have dealt with on and off during my anxiety. My anxiety comes and goes, it's been gone completely for several months and just tonight it came back but I'm hoping it'll go away again soon! It's always super helpful for me to read stuff on anxiety and I feel like I'm not crazy at all to see how many people can relate! Thank you for this!

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      Jim 8 months ago

      Has anyone experienced this after long-term dexamethasone use, and had experience of how the NHS diagnose it or treat it ?

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      moner256@gmail.com 7 months ago

      I have thoughts that are repetitive and worrisome. They lead to some anxiety that changes my life

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      Terese 7 months ago

      2013 when i started to feel my fear syndrome, scared to travel alone specialy in buses,. I did everything just to throw away those fears but still its bothering me always until now..sometimes i felt like im becoming crazy... I hope i can cope with this.. Live like normal as others..

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      meloncauli 7 months ago from UK

      You are welcome. I feel it helps a bit to know you are not alone with the symptoms too. Anxiety can make you feel so strange at times and can be scary.

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      huckles 7 months ago

      I'm 22 and I had a panic attack while on weed idk why but a intrusive thought poped up and since then hasn't gone away it has changed my life comptley i have like 3 or 4 of them I'm trying to just let it just go through it does work but some days it over welms me and I startig asking my self why am i thinking this i do exercise and that try to eat healthy idk if the weed is with my head or what ... I went to a phytrist and shesaid i had to go on meds ... But i dont want to at the start it wasnt major but over time it got worse at some point it stayed away for 3 days I thought I was good then it just happend again .. Had a panic attack them thoughts poped up what should I do?

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      anonymoose 7 months ago

      i've been having very detailed violent thoughts lately, and have experienced them throughout my life. i grew up with a borderline, alcoholic mother, and a neglectful father who was an alcoholic as well. i've had terrible anxiety most of my life, and it's hard for me to establish lasting connections with people, probably due to feeling like my parents are just abusive strangers who never gave me a comfortable space to live. the thoughts, coupled with the feeling of isolation, make me feel like a weird loser. i'm not a violent person and i feel awful when i upset people, but these thoughts make me feel sick and like i'm going to corrupt people just by being around them. this article really helps, though. it's good to know that my thoughts are rooted in a very real physiological cause--and the disturbing, bleak nature of my childhood definitely adds to it as well. thanks so much, and good luck to all of you.

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      Blair 7 months ago

      Wow that was good, needed at a time like now for me, thank you for whoever took the time to place those words for us all :)

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      meloncauli 7 months ago from UK

      Glad you found it useful. :)

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      N Kiddie 6 months ago

      Thank you for your hub! I have intrusive thoughts sometimes as well, as I would imagine many, if not all people do from time to time. I was just praying about this very subject tonight, and feel a lot better after stumbling upon your hub. It's comforting to know I'm not alone, and I had not really consciously thought about the connection to anxiety. I think distraction helps and also acknowledging that the thought is just that, a weird thought and nothing more, and praying about it. Surrendering that thought to the Lord and "taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" 2 Cor. 10:5 helps me. God bless and thanks again!!

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      Angi 6 months ago

      Wow!! I never knew that Anxiety could cause bad thoughts. I've been having extreme Anxiety for the past 4 months now non stop and now all these intrusive thoughts come out of nowhere and they scare me so bad that I get a hot feeling all over my body and feel sick to my Stomach. Anybody else experience this??

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      meloncauli 6 months ago from UK

      Hi Angie. The reason you feel hot is because when fear is introduced, the adrenaline produced increases blood circulation to parts of the body. You think 'something is very wrong with me' and the adrenaline is preparing you to fight the fear. The same heat would be produced if there was a real danger.

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      Cody 5 months ago

      I have just recently experienced severe anxiety for the second time in my life (the anxiety has been going on and off for a few days) but this time it was coupled with violent intrusive thoughts, a feeling I have never had and it really scared me. I could rationalize intellectually that the thoughts and the anxiety were sort of playing off of each other, I could mentally get past one for the other to come back and again trigger the cycle. Anyway just now I am starting to educate myself on the matter and I found this post and I just wanted to thank you, I was so scared and this was a big release for me and I just started to cry and could feel some of the weight lift from my body and psyche.

      Thank you, and to the people who are suffering, keep your chin up and keep moving through. God bless.

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      Pamela 5 months ago

      This has to be the best site I've ever come across in understanding and addressing intrusive thoughts. Amazing

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      Hamrock 5 months ago

      I have had intrusive thoughts coupled with anxiety on and off over the years. In the past relaxation has got to grips with this but after a break of 7 years it has returned. After getting very stressed over real life issues.

      I'm having problems with accepting these thoughts and moving on. Is it best to let it wash over me then go back and have a look when I've calmed down. or just tell myself at the time it's only a thought? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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      meloncauli 4 months ago from UK

      Hi

      Ideally you should learn to laugh at the absurdity of the thoughts. Sounds difficult doesn't it as they are so convincing at the time. Perhaps you could remind yourself that thoughts are only as meaningful as we actually make them because it's true. It's not the thought that's the problem, it's the meaning we attach to it. Maybe you could have your own personal word or phrase that you attach to an intrusive thought the minute it springs to mind, such as, "Whatever!" or "Ok but I'm not afraid of this any more". I know it sounds simplistic but we create rituals with intrusive thoughts, so it makes sense to create a ritual that reinforces positivity.

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      Cnk123 4 months ago

      This is a great read, I am personally going a lot of anxiety and having through intrusive thoughts. This article has helped a lot I also am seeing a phycologist. Can I ask how long your intrusive thoughts lasted?

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      MA 3 months ago

      Just reading your article helps me calm down. Thank you so much! Some really great information and very helpful :)

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      Laura Jacques 2 months ago from Norfolk, United Kingdom

      I might be a little late to the party, but this is something that has greatly affected me. I think I am going mad, and that I am an awful person, and like you mentioned, it has even caused me to doubt my ability to become a mother. It's reassuring to hear that it is just part of my anxiety, and there are ways to deal with it. Thank you.

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      MJ 2 months ago

      I'm currently dealing with pretty severe anxiety. Thank you for making me feel not so alone. I wish no one had to deal with it, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one with weird thoughts that just keep circling my brain.

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      Tom 5 weeks ago

      Great advice. I've dealt with anxiety and the thoughts. Advice I would give is realize thoughts are not reality. Acknowledge them and move on, refocus on whatever you are doing. Meditation is good at teaching this. I can add, when your body is in fight or flight (anxiety) your brain is set to analyze and collect information to get out of danger, so it's perfectly normal. Also with fears you do need to face them, analyze bad thoughts and then look at reality, try describing your real surroundings and situation. Best advice I've heard is, getting anxiety from thoughts is a good thing. It shows you are scared of them and there's nothing magical that will make you act on them.

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      sankalp 5 weeks ago

      Very nice article dealing with anxiety disorder from past 1 month it all began with a health check up and google went to an ENT he removed a white patch from my throat i was ok no questions asked later googled it everyday maximum result cancer i do smoke& drink not a heavy drinker got really scared cause getting married soon went to doc again he said that was nothing just as fungal patch on tonsil releaved at that point however that stories from google of cancer sufferer and treatment side effects scared the hell out of me was still not convinced a month later a panic attack occured (26 May 2017) and life changed upside down all negative thoughts that too convincing thoughts went to a psychologist and ditto he also provided a same solution as urs meloncauli but its difficult a question how can we •Don’t fight the thoughts. Let them be there & • Change your reaction to “no reaction”, not in the fearful sense ? :)

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      SMC 3 weeks ago

      Thanks for this. What great info. I am in the middle of such an anxiety event right now! I am going on week 5 or 6. I feel like I have always had something with (work or family) to stress about and this has hidden my anxiety. Now that (work and family) has leveled off from my stress my anxiety is at an all time high. I trying mindfulness and exercising daily. Working to an extent. The thoughts are changing from worrying about me having a heart attack etc, to scarier things. I am trying to let them go. But, as mentioned it is not easy. What are your thoughts on medication to ease. I have tried to different types and both made my anxiety worse.... Thanks in Advance.

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      meloncauli 3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi SMC

      Thanks for dropping by to read my article. The drawback to medication is that typically the antidepressants used for anxiety disorders take a few weeks to fully kick in, and are renowned for increasing anxiety levels during this early period. If you persevere this should ease off. That said, medicating anxiety is kind of putting things off for a later date unless you choose to be on and off them for years! Actually addressing how you handle your anxiety levels is the best way forward. Mindfulness is great and exercise will help burn off all that excess adrenaline and give you a 'feel good' factor.

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      Kyle Reidy 2 weeks ago

      I've been struggling with anxiety for years, and the darkest times have been the past couple of weeks, nearly turning in to agoraphobia... This is the best (most applicable) article I have read on anxiety. Thank you for helping me on one of my worst days yet.

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      meloncauli 13 days ago from UK

      I am glad you found it useful Kyle. Keep getting out and don't let the agoraphobia win.

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