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Do you find that when you have racing thoughts that you get sucked into your own mind and lost in your thoughts? Like, I can't focus on anything other than my own thoughts, I can't maintain a conversation or make decisions or anything. My thoughts are just consuming and totally taking over me. It's like I can't control them, they're just happening and there's nothing I can do about them. I can't control the content or the speed or anything and it's just getting to be too much I just want it to stop! I would do ANYTHING to make this stop.

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Do you find that when you have racing thoughts that you get sucked into your own mind and lost in your thoughts? Like, I can't focus on anything other than my own thoughts, I can't maintain a conversation or make decisions or anything. My thoughts are just consuming and totally taking over me. It's like I can't control them, they're just happening and there's nothing I can do about them. I can't control the content or the speed or anything and it's just getting to be too much I just want it to stop! I would do ANYTHING to make this stop.

Yes and to some extent I am this way in stability. I live in my thoughts and if I've been mostly alone for a week or so, it's hard to acclimate back into society because I am half gone, in a sense. I might as well put a sign on my forehead that says "closed" because socialising is nearly impossible. I can paint and write, but speak... not easy at all. My mind and I are friends and we don't like playing with others for very long.

 

Before all else, I think. 

 

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I have a poem you might like by Sara Teasdale... 

 

Thoughts

By Sara Teasdale

When I am all alone

Envy me most,

Then my thoughts flutter round me

In a glimmering host;

Some dressed in silver,

Some dressed in white

Each like a taper

Blossoming light;

 

Most of them merry,

Some of them grave,

Each of them lithe

As willows that wave

 

Some bearing violets,

Some bearing bay,

One with a burning rose

Hidden away-

 

When I am all alone

Envy me then,

For I have better friends

Than women and men.

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Do you find that when you have racing thoughts that you get sucked into your own mind and lost in your thoughts? Like, I can't focus on anything other than my own thoughts, I can't maintain a conversation or make decisions or anything. My thoughts are just consuming and totally taking over me. It's like I can't control them, they're just happening and there's nothing I can do about them. I can't control the content or the speed or anything and it's just getting to be too much I just want it to stop! I would do ANYTHING to make this stop.

Very yes! I hate this to, psychotherapy does have a little effect on controlling the focus more on 'here and now' and not on my mind (thoughts), but not fully. 

 

Best wishes.  :)

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I don't have bipolar but this happens to me too. I'm fairly introverted and I am quite happy to "live in my head" with my thoughts a lot of the time as well as being more present in the outside world. However, if there's a lot going on in my mind, if I am very anxious or stressed, then it is harder to direct my focus outside. Conversations, reading fairly dense technical stuff (I'm a student so I sort of have to do this) and generally being aware of other people becomes extremely difficult. Decisions are harder as well.

 

I find vigorous exercise (walking briskly up a hill will do it!) and being in nature help. And taking some time out to do things that are calming and soothing. Although I have a different dx so that might not be as applicable to you.

 

saintalto, I like that poem. I feel a similar way. :)

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When you find yourself lost in your thoughts you might try using mindfulness to bring yourself back.  Try to focus on the things around you, the smells, the sounds.  Concentrate on what you see, feel, hear, taste at the moment.  Or try doing something like brush your teeth in a mindful manner.  How do the bristles feel?  What does the toothpaste taste like?  If you find your mind wondering away, just bring it back.

 

Hope this helps.

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I get lost in thoughts or no thoughts.  I'm an accountant and all day I sit in an office alone.  By the end of the day, I would have spent more than 8 hours in solitude with nothing but my thoughts to keep me company.  This I enjoy.  On days when people interrupt me, I become aggitated.  I want to be in my head.  There are times I go home and sit...my mind filed with no known thought.  Other times, my mind is racing from one topic to another.  The other day, I did an experiment.  I spoke all my thoughts as they came to me.  My partner was floored that my mind could flit around so much.  I think to a degreee it scared her.  I try to control myself around her, because I don't like seeing the questions in her face.  Or her withdrawing in uncertainty.   My thoughts just drift from one thought to another...time and time again

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Do you find that when you have racing thoughts that you get sucked into your own mind and lost in your thoughts? Like, I can't focus on anything other than my own thoughts, I can't maintain a conversation or make decisions or anything. My thoughts are just consuming and totally taking over me. It's like I can't control them, they're just happening and there's nothing I can do about them. I can't control the content or the speed or anything and it's just getting to be too much I just want it to stop! I would do ANYTHING to make this stop.

 

This was me for the last month up until a week ago it makes it near impossible to do anything or go anywhere on my own as I'd forget where I was going or what I was doing nothing would help I just had to ride it out. 

Best of luck 

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Do you find that when you have racing thoughts that you get sucked into your own mind and lost in your thoughts? Like, I can't focus on anything other than my own thoughts, I can't maintain a conversation or make decisions or anything. My thoughts are just consuming and totally taking over me. It's like I can't control them, they're just happening and there's nothing I can do about them. I can't control the content or the speed or anything and it's just getting to be too much I just want it to stop! I would do ANYTHING to make this stop.

 

This was me for the last month up until a week ago it makes it near impossible to do anything or go anywhere on my own as I'd forget where I was going or what I was doing nothing would help I just had to ride it out. 

Best of luck 

 

 

 

I got meds and it stopped. Mine were getting screamy, I would literally not be able to see, something on the verge of being made to go to the hospital.  Therapy helped a little but mostly it was the meds.  I still get the stares and get lost in thought but I can control it.  

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Do you find that when you have racing thoughts that you get sucked into your own mind and lost in your thoughts? Like, I can't focus on anything other than my own thoughts, I can't maintain a conversation or make decisions or anything. My thoughts are just consuming and totally taking over me. It's like I can't control them, they're just happening and there's nothing I can do about them. I can't control the content or the speed or anything and it's just getting to be too much I just want it to stop! I would do ANYTHING to make this stop.

Very recognizable!  :o

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Do you find that when you have racing thoughts that you get sucked into your own mind and lost in your thoughts? Like, I can't focus on anything other than my own thoughts, I can't maintain a conversation or make decisions or anything. My thoughts are just consuming and totally taking over me. It's like I can't control them, they're just happening and there's nothing I can do about them. I can't control the content or the speed or anything and it's just getting to be too much I just want it to stop! I would do ANYTHING to make this stop.

Very recognizable!  :o Yeah. I also get a lotta incomplete thoughts and/or the ideas change rapidly. The racing thoughts are mostly just an irritant for me, though; it's when my thoughts slow down and crystallize when the shit hits the fan. The fact that I kept rapid cycling from one mood state to the next for all those months is what kept me from doing major damage this time around. Let that mania shit linger on one idea too long and you can find yourself seriously fucked.

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