Hello There. I'm a 30 year old male suffering from anxiety and my question for you is why do I get these random loud thoughts in my head? It's like I can hear them, but not like in a auditory hullicination kinda way...they're just loud but they freak me out and this makes my anxiety worse. I get freaked out that I might be "schitzo" but I know they're not voices, they're just loud thoughts. I've noticed this happens more when I dont get enough sleep. Is this caused by anxiety? Please help. Thank You.
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It is not uncommon to have loud, intrusive thoughts when you are suffering from anxiety. Truth is, when people suffer from anxiety, they become hyper aware of their random thinking. Everyone experiences automatic thoughts, however, for someone who suffers from anxiety or depression, these automatic thoughts can become very loud, negative, and very persistant. For someone who doesn't suffer from anxiety or depression, these thoughts may float to the surface but are quickly released and recognized as just random thoughts. The person who suffers anxiety becomes hyper aware of these thoughts, and then holds onto them - sometimes dissecting them and giving them more attention than they deserve. As much as these thoughts bother you, you must try to recognize them as just "automatic negative thoughts" and nothing more. Your anxiety has only made these thoughts louder than normal. Remind yourself often that they are "only thoughts", they are no big deal. When you focus on these thoughts, wanting them gone, they become louder and louder. It helps to see these thoughts as a "mind-bully". They want all your attention and it's your job to simply accept that they are there but not to give them anymore attention than they deserve. The less attention you give these thoughts...the more and more they will fade off into the background. Don't wish them away, instead accept they are there, ignore them, and remind yourself that they are only a result of your anxiety. Be patient with yourself as you do this and understand that you will have good days and bad days. It is true that sleeplessness can aggrivate this symptom. Try to hang in there an take one day at a time. Hope this helps!