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Old 10-27-2012, 11:48 PM
 
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I think we've all had something we saw that was disturbing that almost impresses itself onto your mind, allowing you to only think about what you saw, essentially wishing you didn't see it all.

I notice if I preoccupy myself with other things it'll go away after awhile. Also at night, if it's in my mind, its usually gone the next morning.

hate when that happens though.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:15 AM
 
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You get comfortable with them. Desensitized by them. I used to have reoccurring violent thoughts of my death. Now I'm just use to them .
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:23 AM
 
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I would love to say that i take the mature approach that L'Artiste takes but alas i am a 'screamer' - i go 'aghh oh fgs' and do anything and everything to get that thought out of my mind.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:48 AM
 
Location: New York
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you simply cannot obsess about such things. Push them out of your mind. And when the images try to creep in,think of pleasant images. If all else fails you can ask for Prozac--it works
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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Well those images tend to hang around. Same as a certain song may keep playing over and over! Go away!

Anyway try to think of something else. Look at other pictures / images. With time they go away.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Well those images tend to hang around. Same as a certain song may keep playing over and over! Go away!

Anyway try to think of something else. Look at other pictures / images. With time they go away.
Agreed.

The notion of "well, don't think of_" is like "don't think of a polar bear"-of course one is going to do just that, whether one wished to or not.

So it's more about trying to find a replacement thought/image (or song, in the case of having an "earworm" stuck playing). If one can find something in the same modality (visual, in this instance) that is equally or more compelling (draws your attention to it) to compete with the undesired image...my point is, one can't really try to decrease something by saying "I'm not going to think of_", it's a question of seeking out stimuli that is even more interesting (intense) so as to distract one away from what one's hoping to forget/minimize. Anything to prevent or lessen reinforcement of that loop in one's head of that which one doesn't want to keep re-experiencing/perceiving anew.

Yes, it's is very tough to find something positive that carries more weight & sticks in one's mind to the degree something negative/unpleasant will, that's the wisdom of nature-to sensitize us to threats (of whichever sort, real or imagined) & make sure we recall them, whereas good experiences are considered more of a luxury, less necessary for survival. Best of luck with getting beyond this for now.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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[quote=PippySkiddles;26698761]you simply cannot obsess about such things. Push them out of your mind. And when the images try to creep in,think of pleasant images.





This is what I do.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I use them. My hobby is writing. Generally speaking, I like to explore the darker side. When you take in a dark image and see where it comes from, it becomes something different. I have always had a fancination with 'dark'. But I see it as the counter balance to all the 'happy/light/smilyfaced' images we are supposed to aim for. But life ISN'T like that. Its somewhere inbetween.

Don't obsess about disturbing pictures, but don't drive them away. There is a reason for them. Part of life is beautiful and part of it is ugly. You can't live at either end.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:06 AM
 
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Ive been haveing disturbing images of everything from penises to seeing my family and my self murderd. It's been going on for over 3 years since a mental shock,I believe it has something to do with dwelling on the paranoia,that the fact something in life can actually be that sick or actually happening. I am not a wired person but I wish my brain was back to the way it was, it was never sick! you really don't know what you have til it's gone. I am blessed by the lord either way, but this is also another way for the devil to get to the mind so if your reading this out of curiosity or confusion then please take that blessing. This is real! This does happen, it happened to me unexpectedly. When you eat,hear music, fall asleep, or even have sex you'll see it. Trust me it's way more difficult then just "thinking".about something plesant trust me, it's way more complicated, I can easily control what I think, but this is not a thought at all, it's a mental shock, no matter what I "think"..good or bad my brain replays
my disturbance over and over. I hope all is well with eveyone, and pray there is a cure for all sicknesses. God bless.

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: OC, CA
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Meditation works well. I have ADD and found large doses of niacin helps my racing mind a lot.
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