My sister and I both are encountering several different references to Intrusive thoughts. This video is one of the references to intrusive thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CPqpJSibQg&feature=share My sister’s question “Doesn’t everyone?” frames what I thought. Doesn’t everyone have intrusive thoughts? Apparently, no, many people do not have intrusive thoughts. I do. Here is Judy’s link to get her perspective.
This is the comment I left on her post:
One of the things suggested to me is mindfulness. Pay attention to my breathing, slow, deep, and steady. What does the chair that I am sitting in feel like? Is my skin cool or warm? What am I looking at right in front of me? How do I feel about the color? Ask myself all about my present environment, what do I hear? Bring myself into totally awareness of now. It is starting to work. It didn’t at first but like many new skills it takes time and practice. This is also a subject of a future conversation with my counselor.
I also did a bit of research and found these links:
This webpage suggests another solution:
This next article discusses using heightened self-awareness through self-monitoring, I also heard this as emotional journal writing. http://ptsd.about.com/od/selfhelp/ht/selfmonitor.htm
Forum with a variety of ideas from others with PTSD: