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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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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 confirme...  Read Full »

Though I am a male, why do I always imagine kissing a boy in my mind?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 26 year old male. When I am with my friends (male), an image of kissing that friend pops into my head sometimes. Though I am not attracted to boys, what could be the reason for this? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are suggestive of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). The popping of an image is called an obsession, if it is repetitive, automatic, intrusive and senseless. It induces significant uneasiness or anxiety. The first thing is to understand that you are no...  Read Full »

My brain shows repetitive thoughts with disturbed sleep. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 16-year-old male. I was not able to sleep. Last night, I played a videogame for a couple of hours before sleep. When I went to sleep at about two o clock, I could not fall asleep, even if I tried thinking of something else. My brain basically played the game over and over again and...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is due to the game only. They are running in your subconscious mind and due to that, you are not able to sleep. It will become fine within a few days. Try to stop playing games and divert your mind from playing and try to do other things su...  Read Full »

I have intrusive thoughts after porn withdrawal. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have intrusive thoughts, blasphemous thoughts that keeps returning to my head. In the past I had porn addiction, and the day I forced myself to stop, I began having those thoughts. I already had OCD symptoms when younger but more subtle. I suspect I have some low serotonine so I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query with interest. As you had OCD in childhood and anxiety disorder and taking St John's wort, Omega 3 , Magnesium and Vitamins (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You need to start SSRI group of drug (Fluvoxamine or Fluoxetine or ...  Read Full »

How to overcome sexual attraction towards my mother?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 years old male. I feel sexually attracted to my own mother. I had some mild feelings since childhood, but it became strong since teenage. I started feeling to be loved by mom as her son and sexually too. I sometimes feel guilty about it. But, I could not control myself. I saw my...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your problem. Sexual feelings in an adult towards a female are considered as normal and acceptable. But, such feelings towards any female with blood relationship are not acceptable in any society and this result in significant blow to reputation and re...  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 moth...  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 father...  Read Full »

Dr. Mascarenhas Lisa Barros

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 co...  Read Full »

Please suggest an effective way to control my intrusive thoughts that make me awake.

Query: I am only 14 years old, yet i have been experiencing rather bizarre thoughts for 2 years. Sometimes i would randomly think of something/questions and i cannot get it out of my head. I will always want to seek the answer to the question and it is very hard to ignore or suppress it. This affects my sl...  Read Full »

Dr. Anantha Kalyan D

Answer: Hi, After reading what you mentioned about your problems, it looks like you are suffering from a disorder called obsessive compulsive disorder. Obsessions are the repetitive, intrusive, unwanted , useless thoughts which are not in one's control and causing distress Compulsions are the repetitive m...  Read Full »

How can I stop myself from getting repetitive thoughts?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from anxiety and depression. I keep having these few minute long incidents where I get stuck with a thought repeating over and over in my head. It is a question which I then answer and then the question and answer process keeps repeating. I realize what I am doing and freak out t...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. These thoughts are part of anxiety only. Repetitive unwanted purposeless thoughts are seen commonly in anxiety. You are not able to control these thoughts and these thoughts produce stress. You should visit your psych...  Read Full »

I lack focus and have intrusive sexual ideas. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old guy, and I find it hard to concentrate. I also have had forgetfulness, loss of interest in everything, and difficulty handling numbers for the past year. The problem I am facing is that I am having intrusive sexual thoughts about some of my family members. I do not e...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. You most probably be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In this disorder, the patient has intrusive, uncontrolled, irrational images or thoughts which come despite the patient not wanting to ...  Read Full »

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