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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I am suffering from intrusive thoughts and not able to control them. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had an issue with intrusive thoughts. About five years ago, they manifested in the form of thinking in the first person, yet I do not control them, and they tend to affect my ability to function. It is difficult to explain, but it is as if they are my thinking but not me generating...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems by your description that you are suffering from an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The fear that you might speak something wrong seems to be obsessive fear. In OCD some thoughts, images, anxiety, or impulse come into our mind despite our not wanting to ...  Read Full »

I have intrusive, blasphemous thoughts after porn addiction 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 »

I have had trouble with unnecessary thoughts for a few months that keeps getting worse when I try to forget them. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Unnecessary thoughts have been stuck in my mind for 7 to 8 months. I try to forget them, but they get worse whenever I try to forget, and then I cry. When I search on the internet about how to forget them, more thoughts begin to stick in my mind, and it seems like my whole life has t...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I am sorry that you have been struggling with unwanted thoughts for several months. It can be challenging to deal with intrusive thoughts, especially when they interfere with your daily life. However, one technique ...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old male having forgetfulness and intrusive sexual thoughts, along with difficulties in concentrating. 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 »

How to concentrate on my studies?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a student. When I sit for study, I just start feeling distractions from small noises and things. Most of the time, I go to imaginations of things I want to create and sometimes, I suddenly start daydreaming about different kinds of thoughts. Sometimes, I start to remember about pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The recurrent distractibility could be occurring due to anxiety and should be evaluated. Intrusive thoughts during studying result in distraction. If remembering the things related to the past and imagining things are causing distres...  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. Bu...  Read Full »

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

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 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 »

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