Unwanted, invasive, or obsessive thoughts may make you feel anxious, but they are typical and common and frequently occur in the general population and there are methods and techniques you can use to deal with them. It seems to emerge out of nowhere – an odd, unpleasant thought or image that appears in your thoughts. It could be aggressive or sexual, or it could be a persistent fear of doing something incorrect or embarrassing. Whatever the subject, it’s frequently disturbing and might cause anxiety or guilt. The more you try to drive the concept out of your head, the stronger it becomes.
As per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 6 million Americans are considered to be affected by obsessive thoughts.
Intrusive thoughts are sometimes linked to a mental health issue, like obsessive-compulsive disorder, in which thoughts become so annoying that they trigger recurrent compulsions or behaviors to avoid them. They’re also common in post-traumatic stress disorder, which is brought on by a life-threatening or severely stressful incident like an accident or a violent attack. However, many people who have these beliefs do not have a mental illness.
Stress and worry are common triggers for obsessive thoughts. They could also be a temporary issue caused by biological reasons like hormone shifts. For instance, after the birth of a baby, a mother may feel an increase in obsessive thoughts.
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