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   Posted 11/14/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
iam just asking what are other peoples experiamnces of racing thoughts drives me crazy at times there are so many things going on at once and most of the time its rubbish or unimportant.somtimes am just sitting for hours just thinking and talking to myself.sometimes friends have said that i  look like am having a conversation.i haveto keep thinking about what ever it is untill iam satifised that ive answerd that thought.then somthing else pops in.then the toought i sorted out earlier returns.go it drives you crazy.thank god i do have times when a ok.if am trying to sort out a problem i hate being interupted ill go to a quiet place untill am happy that thoughts sorted out.ive tried ignoring them impossible.sokmtimes i put things on hold untill ive sorted them sorted i mean ive got to keep going over them again and again untill am happy that ive answered it.

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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   

I was unaware that having racing thoughts was abnormal. I became so accustomed to them, that I never thought for a minute that anything could possibly be wrong. For me there was never one clear thought on any What colour is the sky?? Most people would say blue.....but for me it would, but I see some gray and oh, a hint of green, and what shade of blue do "they" want me to say it is...what ever their answer, I will just agree with them. (kind of a silly example....but so were most of my thought processes!) My mind was always going in a hundred different directions and sometimes vearing off on another topic. My husband now can recognize if things are spining a little for me. It is a great help, because even now sometimes I am unaware. In June I started on meds...and what a difference. It is like I can physically feel like things are moving slower in my head. ( not in a sedative sort of way, rather, in a clear more consise thought process) For me --like most I am sure--stress is a huge trigger for me. Before being dx'd I never ever thought I was a person that carried around any stress...I was an easy going person...without even realizing it I was internalizing EVERYTHING! I was constantly being consumed by thought. And basically when I wasn't racing I was sleeping. Sleep was a vacation for my brain I guess. I was taking naps whenever possible. As well, since being on meds...I do not feel the need at all for the extra sleep.

If you recognize that you have these racing thoughts, then do whatever you can, as often as you can to keep stress at a minimum.....and a spouse, family, close friend, us here on HW...but TALK.

Know that there are many that an relate to you.
Take care

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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
My thoughts are racing so fast right now gaz, I can scarcely concentrate to read (hence my scattered prescence on the board -- sorry everyone). I can literally be in the middle of a conversation and have completely different thoughts break in, then new ones, then new ones.) It's infuriating. There's a tee shirt "They say I have ADD but I can't understand why. Oh look! A chicken!" I think it should be "bipolar" and then add "And a pretty flower!" at the end." I'm struggling to get a darn thing done right now.

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   Posted 11/15/2007 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
OOOOOOO, you have no idea how good it is to know that others are dealing with this too.  I was beginning to think it was just me.  For instance, last night I was trying to have a conversation with my husband, but I kept losing, my train of thought.  Then I would go on to something else because I couldn't rmember what we were talking about.  This kept happening over and over.  I finally stopped trying to talk to him and went to do something else.  It's so frustrating when things like this happen.  I so many times forget what I've even said a minute or an hour or a day ago.  It's just so darn frustrating!!  mad

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   Posted 11/16/2007 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   

When I have racing thoughts, half of my thoughts are so scattered that they don't make sense. I can't think clearly, and have to try extremely hard to carry a conversation. I can barely make full sentences, let alone think of words. I can't remember anything I am saying at that time, and it also interferes with what I have to do sometimes. Like I can't remember words, or if I did the dishes, and have to check multiple times. It it like my memory is affected or something, on a temporary level.
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   Posted 11/16/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I know how difficult this issue is for BP's. All of you, hang in there and remember....BREATHE and perhaps learn a few little meditation techniques to calm yourself in those moments so you can help manually quiet your minds. It may not always work completely, but perhpaps it can at least slow it down to a more manageable level? BREATHE! Slow and steady breaths. Hugs to you. LFW

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   Posted 11/19/2007 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Racing thoughts are a part of my life every minute of the day
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