Intrusive Repetitive Thoughts

Intrusive repetitive thoughts are persistently stuck thoughts, images, and ideas in the mind. There are a few common ones: sexual, negative, hallucinatory, suicidal, and violent ideas. Such notions are common since they can be situational. When they do not disappear over time, they become a source of concern. Hallucinatory intrusive thoughts are linked to mental diseases like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Intrusive, repetitive thoughts are temporary, but they require medical attention if they persist or interfere with daily life.

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My intrusive thoughts and focusing problem rebounded again after a few days of medication. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, After the last consultation, I took the prescription recommended by you. I also had the thyroid test, and it was all fine. I was able to have a good sleep. And my efficiency of working increased a bit. But now, again, I am having intrusive thoughts, and there is always something going ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and the problems encountered by you while discontinuing the medication. At the same time, I am happy to know that you are doing well in many domains with little medication and no problematic side effects other than a possible unusual smile. As...  Read Full »

How to overcome my lustful feelings towards my mother?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. Since childhood, I have been a good son to my mother. However, since seven months, I have been feeling lustful when I see her, touch her, or sleep on her lap. Unknowingly, my penis is becoming large. I do not have any sexual feelings towards her. I have tried ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will surely help you out. You have an obsessive thought disorder. You should not stay alone with your mother or sleep with her on the same bed (you are an adult now) as it will increase your thoughts. It is fine to be attracted to a mot...  Read Full »

I am experiencing a relapse of severe anxiety after getting pregnant. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years of age and 24 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I have had two miscarriages in the past. I am experiencing severe anxiety from the past three months. I developed this problem four years back, and I was put on a few medications which are in the attachment. I took them for...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashish Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We understand your problem. The symptoms that you have told fit into generalized anxiety disorder with depressive symptoms. You had treatment in the past, and you were better with that. This time because of your pregnancy, things are not that straightforward. Still in ...  Read Full »

How to come out of the frequent intrusive thoughts and anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from anxiety, panic disorder, and perhaps OCD as well (but I have not been diagnosed with that yet) since I was 11. However, I had been completely anxiety-free for about four or five years until three months back, when I got a horrible panic attack that started it...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your description, it appears to be ruminations. Following differentials are likely: Health anxiety disorder. Hypochondriasis. OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). It is unlikely to be psychosis, as you are well aware of the absurdity of these thoughts.¬†But a confirm...  Read Full »

How to overcome my strange anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a strange anxiety that something will happen to my loved ones whenever they go out. What shall I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be harboring recurrent intrusive thoughts of harm befalling your loved ones. These thoughts can cause guilt even though you know that they are irrational. However, you might try to control these thoughts. It will be of no use. The symptoms that you have de...  Read Full »

How to get rid of scary thoughts after visualizing what I saw in a scary movie?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female, and I recently saw a scary movie, where a man used a turkey baster to insert semen into a woman's vagina. This scared me very much, and I remember one time I fell asleep on a couch in a study room. If someone did something like this to me while I was asleep, it would hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. It is normal to some extent to have scary thoughts after visualizing scary scenes in the movies or real life. The kind of idea which you are experiencing is known as intrusive thoughts and mostly very scary and distressful.¬...  Read Full »

I have difficulty pronouncing people's names. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from derealization and Asperger's syndrome, and I accidentally think too hard about how to pronounce people's names. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I really want to fix whatever it is I just accidentally did. But there is nothing I can do. Every possible solution interferes w...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunadh M. Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think the symptoms you are describing is more fitting to an OCD (obsessive compulsive disease) spectrum disorder. As long as you give way to your thoughts and practice repeatedly to pronounce names, this problem will keep worsening. So, you have got to stop responding t...  Read Full »

I relate unwanted things to my wife's behavior. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, For the last two years, I am not feeling mentally easy. I am not able to trust my wife, but I do not know why as I have never seen any mistakes from her side. I know she loves me and cannot even think to cheat me in her dream. She supports me when I tell her about this problem. But, the p...  Read Full »

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have given a complete detailed history regarding your mental stress. According to your history, you are having repetitive, uncontrollable intrusive thoughts of suspiciousness towards loyalty of your wife.¬†This is an¬†early sign of obsessive compulsive disorder,¬†OCD....  Read Full »

When I hear the word 'not,' my mind starts having negative emotions. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Since the last six years, whenever I read or hear the word 'not', my mind becomes a pool of negative emotions. I feel heavy headed and lose focus, after this, I¬†cannot read with a free mind.¬†This 'not' word is¬†stuck in my mind.¬†Once or twice during my exams, I took SSRI¬†for a mont...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Your symptoms are occurring due to some intrusive thoughts or anxiety. These intrusive thoughts are a part of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and should be evaluated. As you are a doctor, you must be aware of obsessive compulsive diso...  Read Full »

I get angry after remembering old incidents. Do I need to consult a psychiatrist?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40 year old male. I do not think I am depressed as such. I am doing everything fine and having a happy family life.¬†But, something is troubling me since a year or so. I get anger, mostly by remembering old incidents, sometimes incidents from my childhood. Mostly involving my fathe...  Read Full »

Dr. Lisa Barros Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query. The thoughts seem quite repetitive and not in your control from what you are¬†saying. Something that happened could have triggered it.¬†Also, you seem quite disturbed about it, and it is¬†affecting your driving. In my opinion, it is the best to c...  Read Full »

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