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Sometimes a thought or image gets stuck in the mind. We want to shake it off from our mind but despite not wanting to, it comes back again and again. Such thoughts are called intrusive thoughts. Such thoughts come to almost everyone from time to time. These can range from random images to disturbing and violent thoughts such as punching someone in the face or hurting yourself. To a large extent, they do not cause any harm, but if they increase beyond limits, they can have an impact on your daily life.

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This could be a sign of a mental health problem. These could be symptoms of anxiety, depression or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Let us know the types of intrusive thoughts and the mental health problems related to it.

Types of Intrusive Thoughts

Sexual thoughts: It is normal to have sexual thoughts sometimes. But if you feel uncomfortable or shocked by such thoughts, then you need to pay attention to them. Experts say it's best to remind yourself that these are just thoughts.

Violent thoughts: Sometimes violent thoughts like hurting oneself or someone else come to mind. These are just thoughts and they pass. But if you find yourself making plans to act out your aggressive thoughts, you need professional help to manage your emotions.

Negative thoughts : Sometimes when things don't work out as planned, you may feel defeated. These thoughts should end when the situation changes. But if such thoughts start creeping into the mind then it can cause depression.

Possible Mental Health Disorders to Watch For

Sometimes these unwanted thoughts become excessive and start taking the form of OCD. With this type of anxiety disorder, you have frequent unwanted thoughts that you are unable to control. You may also feel like repeating some tasks again and again. This means understanding that someone is keeping an eye on you. Someone wants to hurt you. May be a sign of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. At such times, there is a need to consult a doctor.

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