Are intrusive thoughts part of anxiety

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Hey everyone I know we all have thoughts but I never really had them this bad untill my anxiety got worst is this all part of anxiety making you think things you don't want to

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    What kind of thoughts? Yes anxiety can make you feel like you are thinking things you don’t want to think. I experienced this just last night while trying to sleep. Know it is normal. 
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    Ones that I sure never had before haha like if I drink a hot coffee I feel I could throw it in someone's face or when you watch a horror movie you fear omgosh could that be me in my house. Growing up I never was like this and this just kicked in last month when I started having bad anxiety/panic attacks I see my naturopathic doctor Thursday for natural meds

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    Very normal with anxiety. Unwanted or irrational thoughts is a very common symptom. As long as you know they are irrational 
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    We all have them from time to time, just had one yesterday and let it pass through...The content of your thought does not count. It is irrelevant. Your thoughts have no effect on what you will do. A thought, even a very scary thought is not an impulse. You will not act on your intrusive obsessive thoughts. The problem is you have an anxiety disorder. They are as far apart as chalk and cheese.

    Remember that the content of your thought is irrelevant and you must apply the paradoxical approach to cope with them (Just let them pass through) If you try to engage your thoughts in any way, such as reasoning with them, pushing them away, altering your behavior to stay away from threatening situations, all these approaches will only serve to make them stronger and more intrusive. As with other forms of anxiety, your job is to do the opposite.

    Steps for coping with Intrusive Thoughts

    Label these thoughts as “intrusive obsessive thoughts.”

    Remind yourself that these thoughts are automatic and you can safely ignore them.

    Accept and allow the thoughts into your mind. Do not try to push them away.

    Breathe diaphragmatically until your anxiety starts to go down.

    Continue whatever you were doing prior to the intrusive thought.

    Try Not To:

    Engage the thoughts in any way.

    Push the thoughts out of your mind.

    Try to figure out what your thoughts “mean.”

    Convince yourself that you would never do what the thoughts are saying.

    Change your behavior so that you avoid the possibility of acting on your thoughts.

    Try to:

    Label your anxiety level and watch it go up and down.

    Allow the thoughts to remain without hindrance. (They will go away on their own).

    Focus on managing your anxiety in the present. Diaphragmatic breathing is especially helpful.

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    Omgosh skyee I wish you were my therapy coach haha ! Thank you so much can you email that to me

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    Thanks a lot everyone this helps out a lotsmile

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