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I can never switch my thoughts off

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LittleRedBird Sat 30-May-15 12:26:28

This is beginning to have an extremely negative effect on my day to day life. I feel totally bombarded all the time.
I try to write lists to get some of it out of my head because at the moment it all feels like a jumble of spaghetti and I would like it all in neat little rows.

I don't know how to figure out all the answers to everything whizzing through my mind....I cant switch off....I cant sleep and I feel like I am going mad.

I am even struggling to write this because it is so hard focusing on one subject.....I think about one thing and then whoosh another completely different thought passes through my mind and I am sent off on a tangent. I really need to try and straighten everything out and figure out what to do with all these issues but I don't know how to.....its like a tangled ball of yarn and I cant separate out all the separate threads.

I don't even know if this makes any sense what so ever but I think I might be going mad. If it helps I have an anxiety problem.....I take propranolol for it which clears my head but then I am so relaxes and laid back I let everything was over me and I really need to sort some things out.

LittleRedBird Sun 31-May-15 22:47:01


teaandporridge Sun 31-May-15 23:05:42

Sorry I don't have an answer for you but I can relate to how you're feeling. I'm like that quite often but I've been told its an alcoholic trait" racing brsin" but that's just me. I hope you get some good advice soon

teaandporridge Sun 31-May-15 23:06:29

that was meant to say brain

NotAJammyDodger Mon 01-Jun-15 00:10:47

Sounds familar!
At my worst (several years ago) my experience felt like I was going around and around in my head in every decreasing (and pointless) circles.

I do still use propranolol and diazepam for anxiety (now on a rare, ad hoc basis) but actually the thing that worked best for me was antidepressants.

Within weeks of taking ADs the obsessive and intrusiveness of the thoughts completely massively reduced from me being on an ongoing mind-fuck merry-go-round I couldn't get off.
I was actually genuinely quite shocked because I didn't think I was depressed (as opposed to a bit stressed and anxious) and I therefore couldn't see the point in taking ADs at all.

Have your intrusive thoughts always been present at this current intensity or only increased lately?

calamityjam Mon 01-Jun-15 00:23:03

It sounds like you could benefit from having your meds reviewed you sound exactly like me. I have recently started prozac as this is for anxiety and ocd aswell as depression.

LittleRedBird Fri 05-Jun-15 20:01:26

I think a lot of it is down to the fact that I have too much to cope with but no means of escape. I have to keep going because there is no other choice but the problems just seem to get worse and worse.

NotAJammyDodger Sun 07-Jun-15 00:38:26

You have a lot on your plate and are ruminating over things which makes for a truly awful time. I know everyone tends to say go see your GP, get some meds, do therapy, practice mindfulness, but these things may help. At any rate, you won't lose anything but time by going to see your GP.

colouringinagain Sun 07-Jun-15 09:43:59

Sending sympathy. I experience this with my anxiety and depression. Something like Mindfulness would probably really help alongside other treatments, as it does teach you how to calm your mind down through various techniques.

Finding peace in a frantic world is a really good book with accompanying cd which is v helpful


best wishes.

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