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Overcoming obsessive worry and unwanted intrusive thoughts
Martin Seif Ph.D. ABPP and Sally Winston Psy.D.
Can't make up your mind? Chronic indecisiveness is more than ordinary indecision, and there are several reasons why it might be stopping you.
Do you fear and shy away from future events, actions, or decisions? Anticipatory anxiety is the culprit, but there's a way to overcome it.
Uncertainty is rampant in the pandemic age. Therapeutic surrender is one of the most helpful ways to keep going.
Sometimes trying too hard is the cause of the problem.
Are you already feeling the stress of reopening? You are in good company.
Are you trapped in repetitive, unhelpful, and anxiety-raising interactions with the people you love the most? Find out what causes this and how to free yourself.
Not getting the relief you need with anxiety coping skills? They aren’t the complete answer. The attitude with which skills are applied makes a crucial difference.
Don't let reassurance-seeking get the better of you. Avoid the "Reassurance Trap" and tame your inner reassurance junkie.
Do you doubt whether your "stuck" thought is an intrusive thought? Remember that Intrusive Thoughts can "morph" and "go meta."
Many intrusive thoughts have horrible content. You probably wouldn't guess the simple reason why that is so.
Are you crazed by the headlines? Climate change? Impeachment? Terrorism? Mass shootings? Border security? A sticky mind makes it all the worse.
If your "flight fright" gets the best of you, this could help you get off the ground more comfortably.
Busting these myths about thinking will help keep thoughts from turning into unwanted intrusive thoughts.
If your anxiety "management" techniques aren't doing it for you, here's a better approach.
If your "coping tools" aren't working, here's an explanation.
Learning about your natural "voices" will help you manage your worries.
Are you bothered by unwanted intrusive thoughts? Here's how to overcome them.
If you have a sticky mind, you are probably living with lots of catastrophic and worry thoughts. Find out what a sticky mind means, and how to become less of a worrywart.
Martin N. Seif, Ph.D., is a psychologist and a founder of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Sally Winston, Psy.D., is a founder and co-director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland.