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Offline emmmmaaaa

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Hi everyone!
As a little background, I'm a high school freshman and I first experienced Pure O intrusive thoughts in 6th grade- not fun. They have always had to do with *****, losing control, going crazy, depression, hating other people (I can't even explain this one, I literally have a fear that I'll suddenly start to hate everyone and have my life ruined- it doesn't even make sense) self harm, hurting someone around me, and vomiting- all of which are things that I would never do. I've had anxiety since about age 7 and I just recently tried Zoloft for 3 weeks and it wreaked absolute havoc and brought my intrusive thoughts that I hadn't had for a while back- I was miserable, and honestly, I was a bit depressed. I stopped the medication but I truly haven't felt relaxed in over 3 weeks, which is odd, because I normally get a little comfort at home or something, but these intrusive thoughts have been bothering me nonstop. I just started a really great CBT/OCD/ERP specialist, and I get relief for about a full day after I see him, but then I start to ruminate again and the thoughts all flow back.

Not that any of that really matters, as my main question is, are anyone else's intrusive thoughts more vivid and terrifying in the morning? It seems as if as soon as I wake up, the first thing my brain jumps to is my intrusive thoughts, and the thoughts flow in ("What if you kill yourself today!" "What if you hurt yourself today?" "What if you snap at someone today"- all of which I end up having a mental fight with, as these are the most disturbing thoughts for me), it would be really nice to know that this is common among people with OCD! I guess it would make sense, as our brains are not yet fully awake and armed to fight against the thoughts, something that our mind constantly does when we're awake!
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You do have odd thoughts - it has to be said lol. Wow. I don't have the kind of thoughts you do but yes… the morning is definitely like doomsday. I cannot actually pin-point an actual thought I have during those times though because of course, I have just woke up and not really concentrating on my thoughts logically… I am just really panicky in general in the morning.

In the middle of the day is when my anxiety is at its best. During the nights and mornings is when it is at its worse - but even more so in the mornings than nights.

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I was told that they're not that odd, they're actually very common with OCD- any obsessions about harm and losing control are very common :laugh3:
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I have thoughts about losing control. Perhaps the most scariest of my thoughts is one when I am waiting at traffic lights and someone is next to me; I often get an urge of wanting to push them into the road… I know it is scary. I don't actually want to do it obviously. But the thought often comes. I guess the thoughts you have come like that?
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Not uncommon thoughts. Intrusives most often represent our deepest darkest fears so they are not suppose to be fun  :winking0008:.

Many people experience their anxiety is worse in the morning. Since ocd IS anxiety, I figure that could be related. However, my instrusive thoughts were always worst before sleep time, when the brain should relax and let go. But anxiety does not like letting go. Oh well... Take care  :action-smiley-065:!


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What leo99 said.
I suffer from similar intrusive thoughts and they tend to be worse at night and in the morning. I would think that it is because we are the most tired at these points, so we are not as able to think rationally. Also, these are times when there tends to be less distraction to direct your mind away from the thoughts.
Hope this helps a little.
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My intrusive thoughts are the first thing I wake up to... My first hurdle of every day-especially work days - is talking myself UP from my morning thoughts of hating people, what a failure I am, should I run the car into a free today... Blah blah blah.

I usually am much better once I get on with my day.  I'm also trying to make time for meditation in the mornings.  This helps me clear my mind. At least for the period when I'm sitting. Lol

Take care and good luck!
Flora
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intrusive thoughts are the most terrifying part of ocd i think. anyway, a lot of the time intrusive thoughts are based on nothing more than you know it will bother you, or you fear it will, or you fear you'll obsess over it. nothing more. no real reason for most of them.
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Mine are always worse in the morning.  And all of the thoughts you've described are very common.  I've had them before.
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Oh, absolutely, my anxiety is almost always the worst in the morning. I think it has to do with a lot of things - your brain is just starting to fire up for the day, so you're a little foggy, which doesn't really help anxiety. Also, for me, I don't really feel like I'm in "good" shape until I'm cleaned up and dressed for the day, you know what I mean? I feel like I'm more equipped to face things at that point. When you're just waking up, you're still in PJs (or whatever you sleep in), messy hair, all that stuff. When I'm feeling that way, I just kind of remind myself that the mornings are always the hardest, and that it will get easier as the day goes on, and it almost always does.

And to someone with OCD, yes, your thoughts and fears are completely normal. I have had many of them myself.
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