How to Deal with OCD Racing Thoughts

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If you have OCD, you know that the thoughts that go through your head can be incredibly intrusive and overwhelming. It can be challenging to focus on anything else when constantly bombarded with them. Racing thoughts are a common symptom of OCD, and they can be tough to deal with in most cases. This blog…

Can I have racing thoughts because of other conditions than OCD? I often have thoughts about harming those who made me feel uncomfortable at some point but have no clue what is the reason for those thoughts.

I was doing ACT and learned to accept the thoughts that come to my mind. I think that is the first and best thing you can do as a start. Accept the thoughts as guests that will eventually leave, say hi to them, and continue doing your tasks.

There are a bunch of disorders associated with racing thoughts. I believe that talking with a specialist is the best solution for you.

I understand. I have a suspicion that it is due to OCD after doing some online tests. Anyway, I will ask for professional help too because I feel I cant deal with those thoughts on my own.

Online tests can be helpful but do not trust them entirely. A professional has a proven approach to asking you the questions they need for your specific case.

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I fully support your opinion. When someone is in doubt about a particular condition, they must consult with a qualified specialist. On the other hand, many helpful websites offer further information for treatment and tips for dealing with each specific condition.

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I will get a proper consultation soon then. I am not sure what to expect, though. Even the thought of having a potential OCD diagnosis worries me greatly.

I believe that you will feel better once you get a specific diagnosis and plan to treat it. I know that you might perceive it as uncomfortable to go through all the tests and consultations, but there is nothing scary about that process. It’s simply professionals trying to help you, so you can only be happy about it.

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I love the last sentence. I am sure you are right; everything is in my head, but I could see many people feel that way before getting their first consultation. I promise I will not let the fear stop me.

It’s great that you realize that fear can do you only harm in that situation. If you still feel doubtful or terrified, you can ask someone you trust to accompany you. I do that when I don’t want to go somewhere alone. :slight_smile:

I haven’t thought about it, but it’s close to the mind, and maybe I will do it. Does it often happen for you to avoid going alone to uncomfortable places?

It doesn’t happen often because sometimes it’s even more uncomfortable to ask someone to be my company. However, when I don’t want to go to a specific place alone, I don’t mind asking a friend to be my company.

Sounds sensible. I still haven’t been to an OCD therapist, but I went to the hospital with a friend last Thursday to check my hormones. You were right - it wasn’t so scary when I had someone to accompany me.

It’s great news you decided to ask a friend to accompany you and see to yourself that it is not such a big deal.The nextt step is having a consultation with someone who specializes in OCD treatment :slight_smile:

This time you have to come with me. I am afraid my friend doesn’t have time to accompany me this month and at the begging of the next. I understand if you say no but please think about it :sweat_smile:

This is hilarious. :sweat_smile: I don’t know where you live, but you can pay a stranger to come with you too. I would be hesitant to do it myself, but I am brave enough to suggest it to you. :smiley:

Actually, that might work. You did a great job suggesting I pay people for simple services. I have extra cash anyway, so why not save some time and effort with frustrating tasks and obligations? :smile:

No, forget about my suggestion. It was not sensible. :smiley: Maybe do it as a last option when you really can’t find anyone who has the time to come with you somewhere.