Question: Why Do I Have Racing Thoughts?

The conditions most commonly linked to racing thoughts are bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sleep deprivation, amphetamine dependence, and hyperthyroidism.

What does it mean to have racing thoughts?

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.

Are racing thoughts a symptom of anxiety?

Racing thoughts—fast, repetitive thought patterns about a particular topic—are a common feature of anxiety and other mental-health disorders. But they can happen any time you are in an anxious or stressed state, even if you are not experiencing other symptoms.

How do you slow down your thoughts?

One of the ways to stay centered is to pay attention to your breathing. Stop and take five long, deep breaths. Focus on your inhale and then your exhale. Slow, deep breathing has been proven to calm the body’s fight or flight response and calm you down.