Racing thoughts are fast moving and often repetitive thought patterns that can be overwhelming.
They may focus on a single topic, or they may represent multiple different lines of thought.
You may have racing thoughts about a financial issue or about an embarrassing moment or a phobia.
These thoughts may also escalate.
What are racing thoughts a symptom of?
Racing thoughts can be brought on by bipolar disorder, defined by mood instability that range from extreme emotional highs, mania, to severe depression. During the manic phase of bipolar disorder is when racing thoughts usually occur.
How do you calm racing thoughts?
Seven ways to stop racing thoughts
- Focus on now, not the future or the past. For some people, racing thoughts stem from something that has not happened and may never happen.
- Take deep breaths.
- Think about other options.
- Use mantras.
- Try distractions.
- Inhale lavender essential oil.
- Eat low-glycemic foods.
What is rapid speech a symptom of?
Psychiatry. Pressure of speech is a tendency to speak rapidly and frenziedly, as if motivated by an urgency not apparent to the listener. The speech produced is difficult to interrupt. Such speech may be too fast, erratic, irrelevant, or too tangential for the listener to understand.