In my head I always have at least two trains of thoughts running at the same time. I used to think this was normal and that everyone thought like that but I recently learned when talking to some friends that is not the case. The best way I can think of to describe it is that I’m Listing to Audio-books on separate radios each reading a different story all at the same time. I have had many Psych problems in the past resulting in many different Diagnosis but I am wondering if I were to go talk to a Doctor and tell them this if this could be the symptom of any disorders or may have been a co-factor in all of my different issues to date. I feel I must specify that I do not think this is the same as hearing voices because although I can only control one thought at a time while the others run I do not perceive them as outside sources. I also often argue with the thoughts and it can turn into what feels like a screaming match inside my skull. (age 18, from US)Always Have Multiple Thoughts Running through My Mind Simultaneously
Always Have Multiple Thoughts Running through My Mind Simultaneously
This is a difficult question to answer without more information about your past psychological problems and symptoms. On one hand, it could simply be that you have a very active mind and could learn to better harness your thoughts through cognitive therapy, mindfulness and meditation. However, it could also be a sign of a more serious problem such as Dissociative Identity Disorder or a psychotic disorder. Either way, I feel like it’s a good idea to seek professional help once again, or to speak to your current provider in depth about the issue if you already have one.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts