Let’s Talk About Intrusive Thoughts

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🧠Our brains are thought-machines! ⁠⠀
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💡Thoughts randomly pop into our head pretty much constantly and we have very little control over them. ⁠⠀
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😱Sometimes the thoughts that pop into our mind can feel quite distressing or shocking. These are known as intrusive thoughts.⁠⠀
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🗯Intrusive thoughts can be disturbing, violent or they could feature behaviours which are socially unacceptable or offensive.⁠⠀
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🤔Some people worry that they might unconsciously want to do the things in their intrusive thoughts. For example, having the image of yourself stepping out in front of a lorry pop into your head as you wait to cross the road, does not mean you want to kill yourself. It is just a thought- not a desire, plan or intention. If anything, it’s likely the opposite – it’s your brain’s way of highlighting threats to you, in order to keep you safe. ⁠⠀
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💭People often feel ashamed or worried about their intrusive thoughts, but it’s important to remember that we all have thoughts like this from time-to-time, they are normal and don’t bear any meaning on who you are as a person. It is our behaviours that we have control over so, as long as you have no desire or intention to act on your intrusive thoughts, they’re not harmful.⁠⠀

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💜We’ll think in future posts about the best ways to cope with intrusive thoughts.⁠⠀

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