September 25th, 2018
Having racing thoughts is not limited to people that struggle with a diagnosed mental health condition. Yes, people that struggle with a mental health condition like anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to experience racing thoughts. However, anyone can experience racing thoughts but don't worry, there are therapeutic ways to calm racing thoughts!
Racing thoughts are repetitive thought patterns that are fast-moving and overwhelming. Sometimes the thoughts are related to one another and other times they may be about unrelated things. The problem with racing thoughts is that they dominate a persons mind, making it difficult for them to focus on other things. It is also the case that racing thoughts end in worst-case scenarios, making racing thoughts even more of an overwhelming experience. Racing thoughts can be caused by several mental health conditions. For example; bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, and panic disorders.
If you do not have a diagnosed mental health condition, it is more likely that your racing thoughts are triggered by high levels of stress. It may also be the case that certain medications or severe lack of sleep may be the trigger to racing thoughts, but there is no one cause to racing thoughts. If you experience racing thoughts at night, it can cause a person with current sleep difficulties more trouble sleeping. Consequently, increasing the occurrence of racing thoughts. Racing thoughts can be treated once you can identify the cause. It is important to remember that racing thoughts are just thoughts. You are in control of your mind, not the other way around. When you discover strategies that work best for you, you may begin to control racing thoughts and reduce their occurrence.
There are various ways to calm racing thoughts or control them all together, but remember mastering these strategies will not happen overnight. If you find yourself feeling frustrated because they are not working, do not give up. The strategy you are using may not work for you and you must discover what works best for YOU. Or, you may need more practice utilizing the strategies you have learned.
Remember, once you discover the trigger to your racing thoughts, you can begin to treat them in the most effective ways and improve your mental well-being altogether.
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