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tudorborisev
tudorborisev
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Hello,

My mind keeps repeating certain words or phrases over and over again, involuntary, like it's on autopilot. These are not compulsions since I don't repeat them myself to calm down, on the contrary, they seem intrusive and are making me very anxious, and keep going on this endless loop. For example: "red car, red car, etc"( this is only an example). Sort of like when a song gets stuck in your head, but instead of a song, just words/phrases. Please, anyone has any idea? Is this OCD related? Did anyone experience something like this? or at least something similar?

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joey1987

Hello tudorborisev,

OCD can manifest itself in a multitude of ways and can occur for many reasons. There is research to show that it can be similar to the 'song stuck in your head' and there can be many reasons for this, serotonin balance etc.

Do you feel that if you do not repeat these words something bad will happen? Or do you get a feeling of dread if you they are not repeated?

Joe

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tudorborisev

No Joe, that's the thing. What you're describing are compulsions. But these are not compulsions since they are sort of intrusive and repetitive on an endless loop, and cause anxiety. Feels like my brain does it "by itself" and I don't have any control over it to make it stop.

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strangerthings231

I have the same problem but with images in my head for example: cutting my leg over and over again I can’t control it and I don’t want or chose to think about it. It can last up to 30 minutes of the same repetitive image and I can’t think of anything else although I try so hard too!

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staceylc93

I keep having this happening to me and it's sending me crazy and feel like I'm.going to be like this for the rest of my life if it wasn't for my kids I'd be dead already iv been seen by mental health and currently on quetiapine and sondate which makes it a little more bearable but I'm sick with worry and very anxious about this it's making me feel like I'm messed up badly in the head

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AnxiousMum83

This is exactly how I feel ive suffered with anxiety most my life im 36 and the 1st time i ever experienced ocd or depression was the worst time of my life,as i gotnolder ive learned to deal with it better and better where it didn't control my life but recently my thiughts control me and its scaring me because i should be able to control them but all i do is wake up and sing the same song over and over again and if its not songs its something ive said in my head and I'll repeat it and repeat it..its like all my thoughts and senses are super enheigtened and i cant stop over thining all the time..im also a mum of 3 children and im scared im going insane or im guna lose my mind and have my kids taken away from me :(

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gemonagh
gemonagh
in reply to joey1987

Oh my gosh. You described how I feel about my intrusive thoughts. If I dont repeat my phrase I feel as though someone horrible will happen. To be specific, I repeat the phrase "I love god" in my head nonstop because a voice in my head (like a conscience) will say "I hate god" if I dont wage a constant war with it and push it back. Im afraid if I let this voice say "I hate god" I will go to hell and suffer which terrifies my, so I try to fight it and cancel it out. Its really hard and Its affected my studying and focus. I cant control my conscience going against me and saying "I hate god" however I can control saying I love god repeatedly. I just feel as though I must do to not go to hell.

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Anon362
Anon362
in reply to gemonagh

I have that same thing. I keep repeating "im christian" and if i dont my conscience will say something along the lines of "im not christian". So i just keep repeating "im christian" endlessly. Also if i hear someone use gods name in vain I have to think in my mind "dont use gods name in vain" everytime.

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Neverland8890

Hello, its 11:30 PM right now where I am and. I'm trying to watch a show and I have the same exact phrase in my head all the time."I love god" and if I if I dont think it or say it in my head. I feel like something bad gonna happen to me just like what your saying. I've been looking all over the internet to find out if there's something wrong with me I just find it absolutely crazy that your story fits mine exactly. The only thing different is I've had that phrase "I love God" stuck in my head sense I was little. It would go away something but then come back randomly i dont know what's wrong with me...

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Rng06
Rng06
in reply to gemonagh

Oh my gosh the same things happen to I sometimes think gods not fake God is real over and over and over and sometimes it almost makes me tryn say the oppisite

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Brkitup
Brkitup
in reply to Rng06

I’m glad there are others like me out there, but I’m sad you guys are suffering. I’m in the same boat. I repeat various versions of the same phrase over and over in my head all day and it’s beyond exhausting. The only thing that has stopped it is Xanax, but my doctors refuse to prescribe it anymore. I repeat, “God is good, Satan is evil” over and over, and feel if I don’t repeat it correctly it might be an eternal sin and I’ll be damned. Sometimes I think my mind might have “said” it wrong, and that leads to sleepless nights and panic attacks. And then I feel anxious that I have to wait so long for the judgement day to see if I said it wrong. I’m a Christian, but I can’t pretend the Bible isn’t brutal, so perhaps it’s my mind waring against itself; trying to reconcile what is good and bad. I also have repeating visions of cutting myself, but I feel that’s just my way of getting some relief from the stress of it all.

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Worrier35

Hi tudorborisev. Yes I have had exactly this, and it was terrible. Lasted for months. I had the same thing, didnt repeat them to calm down. They just were repeatative and caused alot of anxiety. I had one word that was constantly repeating in my head over and over. It wasnt a word I particularly care for and scared the heck out of me. Its anxiety.

I can tell you it can get better. I honestly just let it repeat itself as many times over and over until I didnt care anymore. It was hard to learn acceptance. Took alot for me to get where I am now. Everyone has weird thoughts just so you know. Doesn't mean we are horrible people. And if the intrusive thoughts cause anxiety that's because we fear them so much.

Take care

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tudorborisev

Thank you so much for replying. And how did you get over it and learn the acceptance? Did you go to therapy, or took meds, or by yourself? I'm currently under treatment with only antidepressants. I'm afraid if I talk to my doc about is, he will add other meds to the treatment, and I'm not sure if I'm willing to go down that road. I tried therapy but I encountered a psychologist that just wasn't for me. I really tried. Maybe I should try others too. I'm glad you could get over this which also gives me hope for the future. Any tips are welcome

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Worrier35

I will try and help as much as I can. I am not a professional nor know much about medication. Just want you to know I have experienced what you are experiencing. I personally dont go to therapy or take medication. My personal choice, although I am not apposed to either. I hear the combination of both can help greatly.

What I mean by acceptance is allowing the thoughts to be there no matter how many times or how often it may repeat itself. And yes it does cause anxiety but I just let it be and continue whatever I was doing. It's not easy but with practice it gets easier. Its not to say I dont have the thoughts still, I do when anxiety is high, but I've learned to let them just be.

Have you looked into any self help books?

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tudorborisev

Yes, but most of the books are about classic OCD stuff (washing your hands, etc), or classic intrusive thoughts (violent, etc). I'm like you said, I don't care in particular for these words/phrases, the distress comes from the repetition itself. And wow! Overcoming this like you did, you truly are as your nickname says! Congrats and I wish you a very healthy life ahead! So, do you know such a book that helped you?

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Worrier35

Sorry for the late response. I am not on the forum very often, and I've come down with a cold. Thank you for the praises. I have come along way since last year. Not fully recovered but I'm on my way. I do have the classic harm OCD thoughts, and I also have earworms. Songs that have played over and over. Even just random words. So l believe either way learning to accept is the same approach for all of them. Like Sallyskins said its only when you put meaning to them or care about them they begin to bother you more and cause anxiety. Or visversa.

I've read alot about OCD. I'm no expert, but I wanted to know why I was having such thoughts. The simple answer for me was I was over stressed and those thoughts were manifesting themselves because of it. At first I wanted true diagnosis, but then I realized anxiety comes in many forms and is different for everyone. I just needed help on ways to change my thought pattern and negative thinking. So I used the approach of acceptance. I didnt do anything, i just let the anxiety be there, thoughts, feelings all of it.

I learned that approach from the book by Dr Claire Weekes, Hope and Help for your Nerves. Suggested to me by a member on this forum. I also read a blog from and app called Anxiety no more.

There are different ways to recover and it wasnt over night for me. I have been working hard. Getting back to living a "normal" life. Working, driving and even grocery shopping. All which were extremely difficult for me last year.

Sallyskins has some great recommendations on self help books. I personally believe they help. Maybe speaking with your Dr would be something to look into. Just get an opinion on what you can do to move forward and feel some peace.

Take care

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tudorborisev

It's amazing how strong you were and still are. Having the patience and doing the work to recover with no medication from that difficult moment, cause I know how it feels and how hard it really is. Thank you for the advice. I will certainly read and take a look at the tips above. Take care and wish you well !

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Worrier35

Thank you! I wish the best also. You are strong as well, just posting on here takes alot of courage :)

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Renaat
Renaat
in reply to Worrier35

Hey Worried35! I see it’s been a long time since you posted this so I hope you will still see it... But could you please tell me how your OCD evolved??

I have random words that are constantly repeating in my head. I’m talking about morning to evening without pause - is this what you experienced too?

I don’t know how to cope with this. It’s not so much the words that I have a problem with, but the fact that it goes at the expense of “my own” thought process. I feel trapped in this repetition - I would love to try response therapy or whatever, but since I have no content to deal with, I feel like there is nothing I can do about it.

That’s why your message made me feel so hopefull. You say you just let it repeat - accept it. But do you mean that you just accepted that you will live with the repetitions forever? Or did they dissapear in the meantime?

I have been stuck in this loop for 4 months now, I’m trying not to fight back. But the idea that this might be forever makes me panic....

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Worrier35
Worrier35
in reply to Renaat

Hi Renaat :) My OCD has always been lingering in the background growing up. As I got older the stressors of life made it more complex. The more stress I had the more anxiety came with it. Thats when the intrusive thoughts began. I've had them before in my early 20s they went away. The last time I got them it took a little longer for them to subside, but they did!

It wasnt easy and I'm not saying this to scare you. I'm being honest from my experience. Everyone is different. We all recover in our own time, and that's okay. What I mean by acceptance is letting the thoughts come and go as much as they want. And yes they were repeating in my head all day and all night. The thoughts caused panic attacks and severe anxiety. It felt like I had anxiety, then the thoughts and then even higher anxiety. If that makes sense. They didn't go away right away, it took quit some time and practice. I just let them repeat as much as they wanted too, even if it was a million times a day. When my anxiety was less so were the thoughts. It's tough but you can do it. Those thoughts will eventually subside the less you fear them or let them bother you. What I did is just let the high anxiety run and the thoughts run with it. I started to accept the thought as just that, a thought nothing more.

Have you read any OCD self help books? They have helped me alot! You can beat this!!

Take Care!!

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Renaat
Renaat
in reply to Worrier35

Thank you so much for your reply! It really means the world to me to read this. No, I haven’t read any self help books yet, I have only looked online but the internet is so full of horror stories I didn’t know what to think anymore. But I am happy to know that there Is a way out of this, and I’m not going to let myself be convinced otherwise anymore.

I understand I’ll still have a long way to go and it will take weeks or probably months to get over this. But I Will get over this eventually.

Thank you again for giving me hope.

I wish you the best!

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Worrier35
Worrier35
in reply to Renaat

Google made my anxiety so much worse!! I was using it as reassurance. I felt so horrible, and felt that everything I read was true. Try not to Google symptoms.

Glad to hear that you are taking a positive approach towards recovery! Recovery is different for everyone, I realized that I cannot compare myself to others, as far as recovery goes :)

You are very welcome! Keep staying positive!!!

Take Care

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basten
basten
in reply to Worrier35

Hello I've been reading this forum and realised I wasn't alone. I started getting these repetitive phrases about 2 weeks in after I started my antidepressant. I had them years ago but it all went when I came off meds. The doctors and nurses here aren't bothered and I know my anxiety levels are extremely high but this med is supposed to be for anxiety and panic attacks but after 4 nearly 5 weeks I seem to feel worse and the psychiatrist refuses to change them and I'm being discharged Thursday. So I admit am an anxious about that but having these phrases is driving me nuts . I don't know what to do anymore. The med is an awful one for withdrawals I've read.

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Worrier35
Worrier35
in reply to basten

Hi Basten. Sorry you are struggling, I can relate. I dont really know much about medication. Personally I dont take any. But I am not against it either. I have read other peoples post, and many have said that medication can take a while to start working. We all are different, so I think what works for one person may not work for another. You said you have recovered from intrusive thoughts before. Did you have any type of therapy? Have you looked into self help books? I will try and help as much as I can. I only know from my personal experience, I am by no means a Dr., but maybe you can see another psychiatrist that's willing to listen to your concerns.

Take Care

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basten
basten
in reply to Worrier35

Hello thankyou. They've now switched medication so I'm hoping the phrases will stop. I don't the psychiatrist has ever heard of it before!! I don't hear voices. They have not stopped since I woke up. But when talking to my son yesterday they did stop and just a couple came back later. Sooo annoying aren't they. I try to focus on things they've told me to do with self help but nothing seems to work. Thankyou for replying. It was good to knowvim not the only one getting these. X

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Worrier35
Worrier35
in reply to basten

Hello:) Sounds like you are on the path to recovery. I personally was hopeful when the intrusive thoughts stopped even just for a little while. Maybe you are beginning to accept them as what they are, just thoughts. Staying busy helps too! Dont be hard on yourself :) take care, and I hope you get to feeling better soon.

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basten
basten
in reply to Worrier35

Thankyou very much. I've still got them but as you say staying busy helps a bit but they are still there in the background on and off. Just so annoying. Thank you again.

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Reality259

Worrior35,I’m going threw this right now.I feel as I’m going to be like this until I die.But then again I went threw this before and it went away

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Worrier35

Yes it's very annoying and extremely stressful!! Im sorry you are going through this, again.... I have come along way in recovery. Recovery is possible :) As you said it went away, same had happened to me. I do get the thoughts every know and then but not as bad as it was last year when my stress levels were out of control. I wish you the best and you can get through this!! :) take care

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Reality259

Thank you so much warrior35

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Reality259

So I’m guessing my Prozac is starting to level in my systems

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Lee-rayto
Lee-rayto
in reply to Worrier35

"Fonseca" I don't know what it is or how I came across such a nonsense word that keeps on repeating in my head over and over again. Even 1st thing in the morning when I wake up, 1st thought is "Fonseca". Ended up googling it this morning cause I wanted closure, maybe... Found out that it is a Cuban band which I must have been listening to the past weekend. But the damn name just won't leave my mind alone. I got a weird brain, but it honestly feels good to know that there are people out there experiencing the same effects as me. I have been diagnosed with bipola type 2 and A.D.D. and mild Form of ocd.

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Worrier35
Worrier35
in reply to Lee-rayto

Hi Lee-rayto, sorry for the extremely late response. I hate intrusive thoughts, they cause alot of anxiety for me when I had them, no matter what the content. I hope you are feeling better today!! And yes I can absolutely relate.

Take Care

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Reality259

Hey worrier35, I m sorry I’m talking to you about this I just love the help.I can accept I’m having this rite now as long as it’s not permanent.Because that would drive me insane ,but to tell you the truth I feel I’m being less obsessive and I care less about the thoughts.Deep inside I know I will get over this,it’s just the anxiety talking.

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Worrier35

Oh no worries:) I dont take medication, but I am not against it either. I use alot of mindfulness and i did exposure response as well. I tried not to avoid things because of my thoughts. For me when my anxiety was less the thoughts were less. Otherwise I would end up in that loop of anxiety, intrusive thoughts and more anxiety. Hang in there, I'm sure the medication will help, I have read many people have said it takes time to start working.

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Sallyskins

Everyone experiences odd and often really weird things coming into their head apparently at random. It's OCD that makes people attach meaning to them.

But it must be like having a particularly annoying tune going in your head. Or like having a sort of tinnitus! It should get better by itself, just as tunes eventually do go out of your head. It it doesn't, and goes on causing you distress, perhaps it is something you should go to your doctor about.

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Bird-67

I have had them for years and years but for the last few months they have been really getting me down.

I have OCD and it is anxiety related.

I am on medication but it doesn’t help the repeating.

I wish I had a switch that I could flick and get some peace.

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tudorborisev

Exactly how I feel. We're in the same boat. I really hope we'll get better.

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Bird-67

Oh yes, me too

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ream

omg i thought i was the only one !!!!! every morning random thoughts and phrases in my head. If i see traffic lights i have to repeat RED IS FOR STOP GREEN IS FOR GO . Started when i went through a red light when i first past my test .

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Reality259

Hey my names David and I had the same thing happen to me.I try not to think of a name of people and I think it anyway.It lasted from morning to night.I thought I lost my mind and I’m in search of a helping hand.To tell you the truth I’m on Prozac and it went away.I thought I was cured and went off my meds and it came back again.Long story short it went away when I started the Prozac again,but here is my new problem.I had to get a job and needed to clear my system so I bought a detox drink that takes away any weed or toxins out my body.Which I don’t smoke anymore because it causes me anxiety.After my detox drink my thoughts came back and now I’m scared that I will be like this until I’m dead.Deep in my mind I know it will go away with the meds but my anxiety is telling me I won’t get my thoughts under control again.Its been a month sence my detox and I’ve been taking my Prozac as directed.I been having side effects of sweaty hands and feet and my doc says it will need to kick in my body again and I’ll be better again.please help

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Surreylady

Is the Prozac affecting your driving? do you drive btw?

I'm like you, If I see a word or know someone from the tv or know someone in general I will repeat names in my mind and it will sometimes be a constant battle. At the moment that has been my normal way of thinking. If you think of a bad thought such as a name or a ocd thought/word do you get a headache afterwards?

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punisher
punisher
in reply to Reality259

ohh man I'm glad I'm not the only one like this here . This is exactly what I'm going through last 4 days , I'm repeating a name of my friend ,i don't know why, i have nothing to do with him.i tried to stop my brain thinking that name by saying "delete" "stop" etcetera , but non of them seems to be working . I'm getting very anxious about this and it's driving me crazy. May god help us all.

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VapeinSafely18086

Heyy, My name's Garrett, n I've been having this SAME problem (alot like Tudorborisev said up there in the initial post) It's been doing this for a loong time now (like 8 months). I call it the "thought ticks" bcuz I don't know how else to put it or phrase it. I've talked to my psych doc about it (but the appointments are short n very infrequent)

So, it's like tudor said ^ My mind repeat's words and phrases over n over all day (sometime's of the day's it eases, other's are worse) But, often it'll say like the same two words, and something creepy or unpleasant like "sufferer" or "lunatic". I know i'm not a lunatic, but it keeps saying it without Me wanting it to in My head. And, it'll do this especially at the end of a sentence that I think of Or say to someone in person, n then BAM - it just Adds a word to the end of it. Or if I hear something that rhyme's with it (the creepy repeating words) It fire's it off like that.

I've been dealing with this for a long time, I can put up with it (but it's just weird and annoying) I really, really wish this would stop though, and my sentences or internal dialogue would just go back to normal, finally...

I think the best way to beat this though is like Worrier35 said, just Let it keep doing it and doing it, and eventually, hopefully it'll give up or burn it's self out. I ignore it for like a week straight, n don't "react" or "bite back" at it, n it still does it (But, it seem's to be less damaging than when I react or think about it). Could it be, that since I've been having this problem for soo long now that it could take a few weeks or even a month of ignoring it to eventually get it to Stop, finally ? !

Any help on this would be Greatlyy, greatly appreciated, thanks. Take Care :)

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tudorborisev

Hi buddy. Fortunately I found a very dedicated psychiatrist that also wrote books and went to international conferences. He assured me it's more common than we think in anxiety disorders and OCD. It's intrusive, repetitive and causes distress. For me what got me better in the meantime since I wrote this post was high dose of antidepressants alone without any other meds(no need for meds cocktail). He explained to me how OCD responds to high doses of antidepressants and smaller doses of the same med could be totally inneficient, but higher doses could work wonders. I went ahead with his plan of treatment without thinking positive or having high hopes (so no placebo was involved). After two-three months symptoms start fading away. You simply start to not think them, or if you do, you just don't care about them anymore. In time they go away completely like a bad dream that you forget. Note that what works for a person might not work for another so ot's useless to tell you what antodepressants I take. Instead you and your doc must try out using trial and error what works for you best. I wish you to get better and escape this symptoms which I know how horrible are at times. Good luck buddy and stay positive, it's still anxiety related no matter how frightening they may seem.

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Reality259

Please help. If u see my post you’ll see what I mean.Its hard to explain it over and over but I’m 4 weeks on Prozac 80 mg and it went away but I detoxed and my doc said my serotonin left my brain and I. We’d to wait until the meds kick in.It did go away when I was on them.My mind is telling me not to think of names but I think them anyway.Like I said this went away before is this a symptom it’s when I wake up until I fall asleep.

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Defndr
Defndr
in reply to tudorborisev

Hi......i have a question.......is all these repetitions are the symptoms of anxiety.....these repetitions are due to anxiety?????.......i have diagnosed with severe anxiety.......whenever i have any examination i undergo through this problem of repetition. .......is this ocd or its due to anxiety.....would u like yo cnfrm it from ur psychatrist .....plz its an humble request.

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tudorborisev

Also related to my previous reply wanted to mention that this is what worked for me. Maybe for you therapy would be enough. I'm not encouraging people to take medication, I just told you what got me personally better. Stay positive friend!

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VapeinSafely18086

I see, Yeahh - Right on, we'll I'm glad that worked for you (it really bites having "thought ticks") It's good to hear that they said it was more common then we think. But, I'm bipolar, and antidepressants don't work good for Me, they always make me depressed. I'm on Seroquel, Lithium n Attivan (Seroquel n Attivan to sleep). Im going to try and see a New psych doc soon, and the ppl that I go to currently is a government run place (it's free) and they have limited time / appointments. So, I hope this helps, I think there need's to be awareness or something raised for "thought ticks", U can find all sorts of stuff on Classic ocd symptoms, schizophrenia, but it's hard to find out about this. I was amazed when I first found this n thought "Omg, that's it - He's got the thought ticks !!" Lol ,

But I'm glad that worked for U, thanks 4 the help, take care :)

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Hidden
Hidden
in reply to VapeinSafely18086

I seem to be stuck in the same Bi polar zone.

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Boxboy

I go through this everyday

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htx58
htx58
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Hey MYWINSTON I recommend you pray to St Jude! He’s the patron saint of lost causes and impossible cases. All you have to do is write down your prayer to him and make sure you are specific in what you need help with and after that, recite your prayer to St Jude 9 times a day for 9 days. It has never been known to fail. Just be hopeful and you have nothing to lose! This also goes for everybody that’s reading this!

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Hidden
Hidden
in reply to htx58

You've got my attention and touched my heart with your comments about st Jude. I will surely take your advice. Thank God for people like you!!

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UnicornsssXDbff

I did experience something like this and its terrible, its gives me more worries and anxiety and I don't know when I started having this weird thoughts and weird words repeating in my head, its affecting my life and whenever I look at something for 1 second then this disturbing word comes repeated when I look at my stuff, like its weird but for example the word cancer pops out when I look at my food and then I just don't eat my food because I'm scarred if its gonna come to my food and I will have cancer, idk if you experienced this

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Sharrysingh9

Yes it happens with me

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Baybirdie

I have the exact same thing. Random words or phrases, sometimes it is something I have read. Like one day I read about the Antikythera devise found in Greece, and my brain just decided.....ooooo, that's a cool word, let's say it over and over and over again 1000 times. Nit sure why, but it is almost daily.

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dpasishnek

add me on fb i would be dead to if it werent for my kids my mental heath got worse

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AndyBallyC

I found this forum and this message today when I googled this, as I had this same thing happen to me suddenly last night. Thankfully it did not last long, but it was a scary experience as it's the kind of thing I previously thought could only happen to "other people" and not to me.

It's helpful to read the experiences of others, I am hoping it was a one off thing that was triggered by some medication I was taking or something.

It happened after I fell asleep on a lazy chair in the living room and awoke at about 3am, I had to go shower before going to bed and I just got a two word phrase stuck in my head, I went to the bathroom to shower and it got worse and worse, i could not break free from it and I was thinking I'd have to go to hospital or something, then I got light headed and felt like I was going to pass out or be sick... I tried counting or reciting the alphabet but it took some time before I could stop or at least slow the repetitive phrase... then, it's hard to say how long after it started but probably no more than 15 mins I just managed to get my mind onto something else and then the problem went away.

It sounds very minor and trivial compared to the experiences of others, but it was and is scary for me.

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Rosedawson

Hey,

I too have this, I call it ‘mind Tourette’s’ it’s been happening for years and happens with many different words, I get ‘Lawrence Fishburn’ and ‘Snozzberry’ a lot haha 😂 I haven’t watched any movies with him for in a while or watched Charlie and the chocolate factory 🤣 haha

But it can literally be the most random things, I had one the other day I can’t even remember what it was but I remember thinking after ‘ that was a new one’. It being OCD wouldn't make sense much sense as I have it pretty bad with numbers and that’s an impulsion; however it’s not an impulsion with this, I don’t get that feeling like I do with the numbers and it hasn’t really ever made me anxious either 🤷🏻‍♀️

I hope it all settles down for all of you x

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basten

Hello I'm the same as you I keep getting repetitive phrases going round in my head sometimes just a word sometimes a sentence it's driving me nuts and only seemed to have started when I was put on an antidepressant as I didn't have them before. The same thing happened years ago when on an antidepressant and when I stopped it they went away. They go on even if I'm talking to someone from a.m. to p.m. even if I'm trying to watch tv. Did yours ever stop.

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D_i_D_i
D_i_D_i
in reply to basten

Hey Basten,

Sorry this is gonna be a long one though 😊

I also had this bad word in my head I don't know how I end up with that word.

But I keep calling it to everyone in my mind. I was so exhausted and looked for answers. You know like what is this? How to stop this? and etc..

I have anxiety and when I talked to my therapist she said I have OCD too.

So I was thinking about this all day and night which felt like I'm the worst. I used to call that word to my mom, my brother and all. So one day my mom was sitting next to me and suddenly she said 'there's nothing wrong with you didi it's just your thinking and your thoughts, so don't cling onto them just move on and live'

It make me realise that it really is my thinking pattern which make my life this harder. You really need to move on.

So I started writing why I'm like this,

These are just my thoughts. Not me. You need to realise it. Once I read it twice I just throw that paper away. Then I started to be myself who I really am. Eventually these thoughts will come and go at anytime anywhere. What we need to understand is that they are just thoughts. Do it for days and you will realise when there's no importance for those thoughts they are nothing.It's our fear of thoughts make us feel like we're crazy. The more we think the more they are gonna occur. Whenever you have a thought like that just stop it if you feel like or think nothing about it and let it be.

Of course it will make you feel guilty and exhausted bt who cares as long as it is not us bt just thoughts😊 It works for me everytime. I don't use any medication because I know that my mind is stronger than them and It is me who really needs to overcome this. So hope you will get over this and recover soon.. Be strong and keep fighting!!

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StormBeforeTheCalm

I found this thread after I Googled, “I repeat words and phrases over and over again in my head.”

I want to see if any of the rest of you have some of the other symptoms I have. I feel like the feeling when I’m trying to remember 3-5 items at the grocery store. Like if I don’t keep repeating them, I’ll forget (which I do have a problem with). If I write them down, I find myself continuing to repeat them in my brain. Sometimes I’ll drive past a sign or store front and repeat the words I see, over and over. I tend to think the words rhythmically. With distinct cadence. It bothers me most when I’m trying to read. I’m on Paxil and Lamotrigine. Some here have mentioned being on antidepressants. What were they specifically. I feel like overstimulation might cause my word repetition along with my diagnoses OCD. I’m listening to an audiobook called Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics from my library and find it helpful for a while after I try the meditation techniques. But now I’m wondering if my meds might be exacerbating the mind repetition.

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It happens to me all day long. I learned to go with the flow and the words will change on their own. Sometimes relief from my dog helps to distract my mind. Sometimes I just sit quietly and just listen to the world. Medicine can only put a bandaid on the symptoms ' I must take ownership of my wellness and my recovery from this. I think acceptance is the key.

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Daisygirlsk

I have this symptom as well and it really started when I withdrew from antidepressants so medication-induced obsessive and repetitive thoughts or images is a whole different ballgame than trying to deal with sort of organic ones. I did have this symptom several years before meds but through self-help I conquered it. But drug-induced obsessive thoughts are a whole new Beast. They can get worse on meds or Worse coming off meds they are horrible to deal with

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Aaron_2019

I suffered the same thing. I kept repeating the same word over and over for 3 years. The cure turned out to be really simple. Just DON'T RESIST the words. THEY ARE ONLY WORDS and can't hurt you or anyone around you. It was like a spring that was getting tighter the more I thought about it. I kept thinking something bad would happen to my family or the person I was talking to if I did not fight back and say something positive in my mind to cancel out the negative thought. The truth to the matter is - Your subconscious wants to flush out those negative words and numbers, but each time you resist and think of something to fight back, you are effectively bottling the negative words back into your subconscious which is why they keep being repeated. They won't let go until you let them go. By allowing them to play out without interruption the chemical imbalance can be corrected and you will no longer be a slave to it.

The feeling of tension and anxiety will quickly pass by and you will be free of it and feel great. The passage of time is a wonderful thing. You might not realize it, but once those negative thoughts have been allowed to play out and escape the subconscious, your brain will correct itself and adapt as new information is stored and old information is discarded (including the negative impulses). Think of those negative thoughts as a bug that has found a nest inside your subconscious. It wants to be released, but you keep fighting it and bottling it back inside you again. Just let the words and numbers play out and you will get better almost immediately as long as you resist the urge to fight back. It is like the devil is playing mind tricks with you and it wants you to fight back which just makes it worse. Remember the cure is - DON'T FIGHT IT. Don't bother it, and it won't bother you.

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Fern1
Fern1
in reply to Aaron_2019

Hi Aaron did you ever try medication or did it eventually resolve itself

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Fern1

Hey there how are you going now? I’ve just joined on here and reading so many stories that are familiar to what I have experienced.

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