Is overthinking a mental disorder?
Last Updated: 07/26/2021 at 11:10pm
Jennifer Patterson, LMFT, ATR-BC
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
Overthinking has been connected to mental health issues such as sadness and anxiety. Overthinking is likely to worsen mental health, and the worse your mental health becomes, the more likely you are to overthink. It's a never-ending downward spiral. When you're trapped in the middle of a spiral, however, it's difficult to detect it. In fact, your brain may try to persuade you that worrying and ruminating are beneficial in some way. After all, if you spend more time thinking, won't you come up with a better answer or avoid repeating the same mistake? That is not necessarily the case all the time. In many cases, the opposite is true. Analysis paralysis is a serious issue. The more you think about it, the worse it makes you feel. And your sadness, anxiety, or rage may distort your judgement and hinder you from taking positive action.
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