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Overanalyzing controls my life!

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I tend to overanalyze simple things, and I can’t seem to take things at face value. I always feel that there is a deeper meaning to anything that is said, and I rack my brain until I figure out what the deeper meaning may be. When I reach a conclusion, I start the process from the beginning just in case I missed something.

For example, when watching TV, I find myself picking apart every sentence. I don’t over analyze actions as much as I do words. God forbid there is a play on words, because then my brain is really a mess. I find myself pausing my DVR every 5 minutes to allow my brain to analyze the words that were said. I can turn an hour-long episode into 3 hours.

Also, once I am satisfied that I have analyzed the words from all possible angles; I feel the need to repeat the process so that they are in order of importance. If I think there are 3 “meanings”, I have to be able to organize them in my brain by thinking them all consecutively without breaking my though before I will allow myself to push play again. Sometimes I am not satisfied until I say my conclusions out loud, or sometimes I need to say them a certain number of times, or sometimes I have to say them forwards, and then backwards.

I know this sounds very confusing, but I have searched and searched and have not been able to find anything about what I am dealing with. I feel like it is controlling my life to the point of tears. I have considered that I may have OCD, but I don’t think I have any other symptoms to qualify me for that diagnosis.

Please, please help me!


Overanalyzing controls my life!

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Thank you for asking about this condition. Naturally I could not diagnose this because there is too little information, but I do think you are on the right track. You’ll want to find a clinician, a psychologist or neuropsychologist to administer a battery of tests to rule out OCD or adult hyperlexia, or other such conditions. A good battery of tests can help identify and diagnose and offer treatment options. Here is a link to the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology member directory. They can help you find someone in your area for testing.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan

Overanalyzing controls my life!

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Overanalyzing controls my life!. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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