Certain kinds of intrusive thoughts are less impactful than others. For example, you may be stuck with a moment of embarrassment when you were 13 years old. Perhaps you are staying up late wondering how you could have prevented it. You may feel stupid or inadequate in saying or doing what you were doing at the time, and you may be afraid to do the embarrassing thing again. It may seem (as if it happened yesterday), but it’s not as serious as other types of intrusive thoughts, such as hurting yourself or others.
Believe it or not, intrusive thoughts of self-harm are not always associated with mental health. Often they are indicators of mental distress, explains Rethink Mental Illness. On the other hand, thoughts of harming others could mean you have harm OCD, which produces thoughts related to harming others, says the NOCD. It is important to seek help immediately if you discover that you have Especially if you have them often. Reach out to someone you trust or check one of the many resources available to help with these issues.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, dial 988 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.g1-800-273-TALK (8255) .