Intrusive thoughts are abnormal. They may be indicative of an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders often feel out of control. Intrusive thoughts are symptoms of at least one type of anxiety disorder called obsessive compulsive disorder. The intrusive thoughts may cause panic attacks.
It’s imperative that you report your symptoms to your therapist. Your therapist is not “going to lock you up.” By “locking you up,” I am assuming you meant being hospitalized against your will, which is referred to as involuntary commitment. There are very strict standards for involuntary commitment. In the majority of cases, individuals can only be held against their will when they are overtly suicidal or homicidal. You have not described yourself as either of those.
The most effective resolution to this problem is to report these symptoms to your therapist. Counseling could help you learn how to reduce intrusive thoughts and panic attacks.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Effective treatments exist for anxiety disorders, but in order for you to be helped you must report your symptoms. Your fears are common and understandable, but your therapist is there to help you. The sooner that you report your symptoms, the sooner you will gain control over your symptoms and resume a normal life. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle