When I was eight years old I wanted to see what the inside of an animal looked like, so I cut open a frog alive to see it’s heart beating, it was utterly amazing and fascinating. This became somewhat of a hobby until I mentioned it to a classmate my age and he was deeply disturbed about it, at which point I decided to stop it. I’ve tried to find other things to keep my mind busy since and video games help a lot, but now I’ve become bored with them and I’ve started again. I’ve been thinking of other things to try out, and my question is what can I do to distract or prevent this?
There is too little information here to know exactly what is going on, but the fact that you are struggling with it means you want to get more information.
As an adult the fact this is still challenging you suggests an evaluation by a professional would be helpful. This is likely to help you get to the reason you need to be distracted from it in the first place. I would recommend asking for an initial evaluation from either a psychologist or psychiatrist and let them offer you some opinions about what is going on.
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: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.
APA Reference Tomasulo, D. (2018). Slipping? Maybe?. Psych Central.
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