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Is overthinking a mental disorder?

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January 30th, 2016 6:57pm
Yes, I do believe that over thinking can be a disorder. However, I am not a doctor and I would highly suggest you seek medical attention to be absolutely sure if that's what you might have.
February 13th, 2016 7:48am
Over thinking is a part of multiple mental disorders but I don't think it's a mental disorder in itself.
February 20th, 2016 9:18pm
Definitely not! I don't like the words "mental disorder" for ANYTHING; but literally everyone overthinks something at some point in their lives. Some people just tend to do it more than others for different reasons. No need to feel ashamed. When I feel troubled by my overthinking, mindfulness meditation helps me come back to the present.
February 24th, 2016 5:11pm
I think overthinking is something normal that most people do. If the overthinking is excessive, causes stress frequently, and leads a healthy lifestyle, then it is likely disordered. The DSM-V may list overthinking as a symptom, but not as a mental disorder itself.
February 26th, 2016 8:12am
Overthinking is a sign that you're human. If it's a disorder, it's one that almost everyone has gone through.
January 21st, 2016 12:28pm
I really don't know but if it affects your day to day life, then you should go to a therapist or a doctor because they know more than me
January 31st, 2016 11:31pm
Over thinking does not mean a person has a mental disorder in itself but can contribute to other mental disorders such as anxiety.
February 1st, 2016 12:24am
Overthinking is not a mental disorder. Its just meta-cognition at work.
February 2nd, 2016 11:31pm
Overthinking is something that all humans experience. It is part of anxiety. You do not have to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder when you experience anxiety. Everyone feels it at some point or another. If you are worried that it is constant anxiety, it is best to be evaluated by a professional psychiatrist so that you can get tips to help you return to your clear state of mind.
February 3rd, 2016 2:35am
Overthinking by itself isn't classified as a disorder but if it's hindering someone's life then yes.
February 5th, 2016 6:58am
No everyone is guilty of it, even me. Don't beat yourself up over it. You're human and it's nothing to worry about depending on how it affects you
February 6th, 2016 3:31am
Yes, if it becomes uncontrollable and overwhelming to the point we can't voluntarily stop it from happening.
February 11th, 2016 2:44pm
yes, i think it is. Overthinking is about creating problem that doesn't exist in mind, plus it really effects people's mood, feeling and behavior. And it is the main cause that leads to depression.
February 12th, 2016 9:15pm
It's something that bothers you in your everyday life but it's something you can change! By working on it. Finding the isue and train yourself to be more concentrated. Begin by not asking yourself too much question and focus on things you do. We all tend to be daydreamers, learn to live with this part of your personnality and teach yourself the limits. It's going to be livable :)
February 13th, 2016 3:15am
Nope! Although it may be the result of anxiety, depression, or OCD, overthinking alone is not a mental disorder.
February 18th, 2016 7:31pm
No, although it could be caused by anxiety or stress. Overthinking is usually due to a fear or need to meet an expectation.
February 19th, 2016 3:09am
Overthinking or over-analysing can be a sign of Anxiety or Social Anxiety. It will help to contact your GP or a listener on 7cups for more information
February 19th, 2016 8:05am
It can be if it inhabits your ability to function or causes great distress. If you're having trouble turning it off it may be something that needs therapy.
February 19th, 2016 5:26pm
Not technically, but it could lead to other things like anxiety, depression, or OCD. It is important that you work your way through your mental health now to prevent any future mental illnesses that may be more difficult to handle.
February 21st, 2016 4:20pm
No, definitely not! You are overthinking things probably because you are stressed, try to be calm and don't think too much!
February 21st, 2016 10:10pm
I believe overthinking could be deemed upon becoming a mental disorder yes. As over thinking a situation can be irrational, leading to irrational thoughts and this tends to involve anxiety, possibly OCD if the thoughts are unwanted, invading and intrusive.
March 24th, 2016 1:13am
Overthinking in itself is not a mental disorder, but it is a symptom of a few mental disorders. Maybe you can ask yourself the questions: Are you always overthinking? Does it influence your life in more than 1 setting? Does it makes you anxious/sad? How many months are you overthinking?
April 3rd, 2016 12:21pm
no i don't think so if we think more we can make a better plan or decision. Sometime people take less time before execution of the plan but at the end the fail beside this those people who who think deeply before the action mostly get rewarded with a success.
April 17th, 2016 6:24pm
I believe it is. Especially, considering the fact that depression is a result of this. In fact people are afraid of being alone.
April 23rd, 2016 8:02pm
I do think so in my own opinion. I do tend to over think which usually leads to me stressing out or becoming depressed.
September 27th, 2016 2:09am
no, but it can be a rough thing to go though, if you go through it, it is not a bad thing, but you can talk to someone to help you think through things better to avoid overthinking
July 17th, 2017 6:53am
No, but it sometimes can be a symptom of anxiety or a common trait as well as of highly analytical people. What you can do is pay attention to your emotions as well and observe how you're feeling when analysing things more than you'd like to. If you get fearful or worried about the future, or about a decision that you should be making and end up overanalysing it might be a good idea to step aside for a while, focus on something more relaxing to clear your mind and then come back with a different mindset to make that particular decision.
July 3rd, 2018 12:55pm
Well, someone has to be doing the 'thinking'... When you 'think' of it most things are multidimensional. You can't see all the angles unless you're 'thinking'. Thinking does go wrong sometimes as well. A lot of times actually. But, how can someone ask anyone to stop because of that ?
November 26th, 2018 6:45am
I believe it can be, the overthinking can get to you and hurt you to the point where it can emotionally break you and cause you to have a mental disorder, overthinking can cause a lot of problems like trust issues and paranoia, which is not a good thing to deal with. Overthinking to me is a mental disorder in my opinion. Overthinking can also ruin sleep and cause distractions during your day it can sometimes even ruin relationships. Now I wouldn’t have thought overthinking is a mental disorder but it can cause you to have a mental disorder for sure.
January 23rd, 2016 9:00pm
No, it isn't. However, it is a /symptom/ of a mental disorder. I would bring this up with your psych