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Intrusive Thoughts Getting Out of Control

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My situation is about my intrusive thoughts. I have had them for as long as I can remember and everytime they appear in my head I end up screaming: no!, let me go!, leave me alone! or shut up!. For most of my life I have been able to keep this from happening (so often) when I am around others, but for the past year or so they have gotten to the point where I scream out in work, school whenever I go out to restaurants, etc. This is obviously embarrassing for me but it also scares the people around me. I have been diagnosed with social anxiety and depression in the past and although this is happening more frequently, the thoughts haven’t increased only my reaction to them, and I’ve been in worst situations in the past so there is nothing really triggering this change at the moment. I would first like to know if this is part of my anxiety or something else (a disorder maybe?), if there are quick ways to deal with it since it happens so fast I don’t really notice it till I’m already yelling. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Intrusive Thoughts Getting Out of Control

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Thank you for writing us. There isn’t enough information to know exactly what the best remedy would be, but it may be important for you to start noticing if the thoughts have a theme to them, when they occur, and their level of intensity.

This information will be important for you to bring to a therapist or psychiatrist. He or she will be able to help sort through with the best course of action would be.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Intrusive Thoughts Getting Out of Control

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). Intrusive Thoughts Getting Out of Control. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2019, from
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