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Is overthinking a mental disorder?

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Last Updated: 08/11/2020 at 5:45pm
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endearingLion70
March 19th, 2018 12:11pm
Some people tend to overthink. If it becomes so disturbing that your normal life is affected it is time to look for counseling so you can find ways to tone it down.
brightBraid24
August 6th, 2018 7:49am
Overthinking can be a result of focusing too much on the past or about the future. I would suggest you to try and live in the present. Whenever you catch yourself thinking about the past or the future make a conscious effort to bring your attention back to the present
OptimisticEars65
October 15th, 2018 12:56am
The first think is to understand is that overthinking is human. Being human means we have a brain and tend to observe, react, sense, feel, Think. Some say because it was a evolutionary purpose, for others it can be genetics predisposed. The important part is to understand that what over thinking is doing and how it is becoming unproductive to you is the first step. To be aware that over thinking is not a mental disorder but it is a symptom. We all over think and when it comes to the point where it is effecting our daily lives to sleep to life balance that is when we need to seek expert attention.
Anonymous
May 28th, 2019 6:43pm
The simple definition of overthinking is to think about something too much or for too long. A lot of people, on hearing this definition, would think that they have this disorder. After all, who doesn't go a single day without overthinking something? We wonder if we're making the right choices from small things like if we chose the fastest route on our commute that morning or chose the right restaurant for dinner to things like our children's well being and our family's safety and security. We wonder about everything happening in our lives. But that's actually normal. It's normal to wonder.
Peacefulmind22
January 14th, 2020 3:02am
Overthinking is lit bit relates to many mental disorders. It provide path toward anxiety and depression. Mostly people have this habit to think so much they don't ignore the things that is unnecessary but they use to think about it. Which leads them to overthinking. Overthinking is like period of soo many thoughts. By overthinking mostly person see the negative side of matter, situation that person face. By Overthinking person lose their interset. People feel helplessness and helplessness by overthinking. Its just creates mess in your existing situation. Person think bad that not really exist. Overthinker just give pain to himself/herself by think soo much in negative way.
Mobariz
March 31st, 2020 10:35pm
No, it is not, absolutely not, but it can be linked to other disorders like depression (Major depressive disorder) or anxiety. The issue is that overthinking can make people doubt themselves, which can affect their mood/openness to new opportunities. Sometimes they would overthink some of their flaws to the point where they disregard all the accomplishments they possess. It's very dangerous and it could result in depression. It makes decision making a lot harder and occupies big space of the mind; thus, your mind starts to race to find the optimum solution and then you eventually become a prisoner of your own thoughts, that's how it easily develops into depression or anxiety, or it can be a result of one of them.
CHT
August 11th, 2020 5:45pm
I do not think that overthinking in itself is a mental disorder. I think that everyone thinks a lot about many things. There are times when something is seems very important or is truly important then we tend to over think. If it happens once in a while it is not important, however if it starts to happen a lot on almost every subject it can start to lead to stress and can become harmful. Too much stress can lead to negative thoughts and then it is time to review and seek outside advice or help either by family, friends or even a therapist..