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I am frightened by my thoughts

Unpleasant thoughts, ideas and images can cause stress, anxiety and disgust, but help from experts can help you manage them.


The frightening or intrusive thoughts that you are experiencing could be related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a common mental health problem that affects many people.

If you are frightened by the thoughts that you are having, it’s important that you seek help to understand why you’re having them, and what can be done to help you.

Living with OCD can be difficult, and talking about it can be too. But it’s important to realise that you shouldn’t be embarrassed about the thoughts you are having. 

What to do

If you want, you can discuss your negative thoughts with your GP. Some people are embarrassed, but you don’t need to be – your GP is there to help.

Alternatively, you may be able to refer yourself to our Depression and Anxiety Service.

Talking about your thoughts can help, and you may be offered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you reorder your ways of thinking. Learn more In some cases, you may be prescribed medication to help you cope.