Team SORTED! attended a terrific seminar yesterday hosted by the Anxiety Recovery Centre, Vic here in Melbourne. Among the speakers was a psychologist specialising in anxiety and OCD in children.
She reminded us that we all have intrusive thoughts:
- don’t touch the dirty door handle in the public toilets
- watch out for the car about to hit you at the roundabout (even when there is no other car in sight)
- triple checking the airline seat you are leaving, even though you know you’ve left nothing, but the thoughts don’t stop you re-checking.
She asked us to share our own intrusive thoughts. Sometimes, if I’m a bit anxious or tired i might count the stairs I am climbing.
A friend of mine says her intrusive thoughts are present when a train pulls into the train station and she visualises herself jumping in front of the train (I assure you she is not depressed or suicidal, it’s just a thought, not something she is planning to do).
Another friend says she sometimes can’t stop thinking about dialogue she’s had in social situations, when she perceives she’s said something awkward or silly – her brain will repeatedly replay the moment. Again and again.
Intrusive thoughts may also be in the form of music. At my house, we regularly curse Nicki Minaj and Sophia Grace singing Super Bass. From the moment we wake up. How did that happen?! (Thank you Ellen Degeneres).
Boom-da-boom-da-boom-da-boom-baaabbbbaay! SUPER BASS!