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Crazy Thoughts

by Krystri Moore
(Rock Hill, SC)

Sometimes I lay in bed after watchin t.v, hearing things on t.v make me think I'm going crazy and I will never get better, scared that I would flip out and harm myself and family. It seems that nobody understands. I feel restless. I'm taking meds but still can't stop the uncontrollable thinking all day and night. I'm scared to tell anybody because I am scared that I would end up in a mental hospital. I went to church for deliverance but I always feel the same way before I went. I think there is no help me. Am I going crazy?

Reply from Sound-Mind.org

Hello Krystri,

Sounds like you are struggling with obsessive, scary thinking. Many people consider this one of the most disturbing symptoms of an anxiety disorder and I would have to agree with that because the feelings are so overwhelming and can have you questioning your sanity each and every day. It's very hard to function peacefully in everyday life when these thoughts are taking over your mind and demand all your attention. One of the things that makes this problem worse is, the more you focus on them and the more you wish them away, the more they persist. Anxiety has it's sufferers believing that they will "go crazy" or "lose control" of themselves in some way that would bring harm or embarrassment to them. Anxiety will also have you asking yourself a million "what if" questions that usually leave you feeling more uneasy and scared than before. As scared and uncertain as anxiety makes you feel, it is important to recognize that stress and anxiety follow the same pattern each time. There is no real mystery to this disorder and even though it doesn't feel like it, it follows a very predictable pattern - Your scary, obsessive thoughts are part of that pattern. It does not mean you are going crazy or losing your mind or that anything bad is going to happen. There are many things you can do to help yourself overcome obsessive, scary thinking. Please check out The steps you can take to help break the cycle of repetitive, scary thoughts.

One of the most effective things that I did to help me overcome this was to just accept that the thoughts were there. I stopped trying to push them out. Instead I gave them permission to be there. I saw these thoughts as a "mind bully" trying to get the most attention. When I accepted it was there but didn't give them much attention anymore, at first...they get louder but then they eventually fade off into the background of your mind to where you no longer notice it anymore.
Also important is to put yourself in a position where you can relax your body. Because the mind and body are so connected, it is important to help the body relax so the mind will follow. You really need to treat your mind and body together as a whole. It takes a long time to bring the body into balance, be patient with yourself and stop resisting your stress & anxiety and instead accept that they exist - then place all your focus and energies on cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Please feel free to come here anytime with questions or if you need encouragement or support. Hang in there and do not give up!
~ Susan

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Dec 07, 2012
scary crazy thoughts
by: dave

hey i am 50 yrs old been a minister for 30 years. i to suffer with the same thoughts. believe me they will pass. admittng they are there is the begining to a better life. my daughter is wired like me she is 20. we give the thoughts humorous names. hers is the mucinex germs. well i call mine the stink on poo lol. do not give them the time of day no matter how loud they scream. 2cor. 10 says we can cast them down and put them under submission. prayers are for who suffer

May 10, 2012
this will pass
by: robert

Hello my name is Robert and I just wanted to let you know that this will pass. Trust me, Ive had anxiety for a year now but I can say now that it has been a lot better. I can live life again and its all thanks to the Lord for helping me find this website. But I was the same way you were - thinking that I was going crazy. I couldnt sleep because of my thoughts that I would maybe just harm my family members but I knew in the back of my mind that Im nothing like that. I love my family but its just the anxiety that it brings. I would cry - Ive been through the schizo thing, then thinking I had cancer, that I was going to become psycho but it all passed. I have no thought of it and even if I had just one scary thought I would tell myself now, "oh well its just a thought and just going with my day" but I promise you, I swear to you that this will pass just give it time and always pray. You will be okay.

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