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Always Have Multiple Thoughts Running through My Mind Simultaneously

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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

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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

Always Have Multiple Thoughts Running through My Mind Simultaneously

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). Always Have Multiple Thoughts Running through My Mind Simultaneously. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 19, 2019, from
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