Everyone's a little bit crazy (normalising thread)

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lakeland
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Post by lakeland » Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:52 am

I sometimes have intrusive images of me smashing/crushing glasses with my hands and being covered with blood - usually when I'm stressed.

I'm a trainee - so I'm stressed a lot. I've never self harmed either.

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Post by moonbeam » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:04 am

I'm on nights at the moment, so when all the patients have gone to bed and its really quiet... I get the urge to run down the corridor (like " woooooooooo") and wake them all up...

Bit snide really, not that i would ever do that.... :roll:
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Post by HayleyT » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:10 am

I have thougts about pulling the handbrake on in the car when I'm on the motorway, and on a certain bit of motorway where there is a turn on a bridge what would happen if I just kept going and didn't turn.

I am pretty scared of heights but this is mainly as I'm worried I'll jump/throw myself off and can't shake these thoughts off once I'm at any height (particularly in open multi story car parks)

I also have a sort of waking dream thing where I often have somone sitting on the end of my bed, and lots of times I've tried to speak to them and recently got dressed under the covers as I din't want them to see me in my Pjs!

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Post by eponymous85 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:27 am

HayleyT wrote:I have thougts about pulling the handbrake on in the car when I'm on the motorway, and on a certain bit of motorway where there is a turn on a bridge what would happen if I just kept going and didn't turn.
me too! That and turning the ignition off and on again to see what would happen...

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Post by moonbeam » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:29 am

I along with someone else who posted get the urge to drive on the other side of the road sometimes...

And.. when the motorways have those "5 mins to junc 21" i get the urge to beat the time...
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Post by nlg » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:32 am

I have the handbrake one as well.

when i'm driving quite fast i have thoughts of suddenly turning and smashing into te curb/railing.

When i'm laying in bed i get worried that the house is going to catch fire or someone is going to break in so i have to go round the house making sure all the windows and doors are locked and turn off any electrical stuff. I know nothing bad is going to happen and i lay in bed saying to myself don't be stupid. But once i have the thought i can't go to sleep without doing it.

It's pretty funny reading everyone elses. I really like the throwing water in people's faces one.

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Post by noodle » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:45 am

Oh I was thinking about things like this a while back, and how much are behaviour is guided by social norms. I had a few strange thoughts about actually breaking them, for examples in a meeting having a kind of 'urge' about just standing up and shouting something or whilst driving, just ignoring the rules and how easily this could cause an accident.

Also I used to fiddle with stuff when I was little e.g. I had a teddy whose label had to be replaced 7 times because I loved rubbing it in my fingers. Now if someone is wearing something like a necklace that looks good to fiddle with I get a bit fixated on it :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Post by postgraduate » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:45 am

If I see a singular magpie, I have a moment where I scan to see if theres a second...one for sorrow, two for joy...and when I can't find a second I have an unnecessary feeling of foreboding! :lol:

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Post by davidcordner » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:59 am

I have a few surrounding driving. Often when im on the motorway, I take my hands off the wheel and see how long I can drive before going onto the other lane/hard shoulder. When its pitch black and im on a secluded bit of road, sometimes i turn the headlights off and just beep the horn for ages. :? :?

I also have a cat and live in a fifth floor flat. I cant help wondering what would happen if she jumped/was dropped out the window. :oops:
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Post by BenJMan » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:59 am

postgraduate wrote:If I see a singular magpie, I have a moment where I scan to see if theres a second...one for sorrow, two for joy...and when I can't find a second I have an unnecessary feeling of foreboding! :lol:
I'm sure this is only supposed to apply when your pregnant and on the verge of giving birth.

1 for sorrow, 2 for joy, 3 for a girl, 4 for a boy, 5 for silver, 6 for gold, 7 for a story never to be told!

Thats how I was taught anyway!

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Post by KitKat » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:45 pm

postgraduate wrote:If I see a singular magpie, I have a moment where I scan to see if theres a second...one for sorrow, two for joy...and when I can't find a second I have an unnecessary feeling of foreboding! :lol:
I do too! I've been told (by my very superstitious grandma) that if there's only one magpie, you have to salute it and say "Good morning/afternoon/evening captain, how's your wife?" It's ridiculous but I always have to salute now even if I'm on a bus or walking down a crowded street - I just try to make it look like I'm scratching my head or shielding my eyes from the sun. If I can't salute for some reason, then I feel really uneasy!

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Post by workingmama » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:13 pm

Whilst not offering up any personal signs of bizarre thought, I just wanted to say how cool it is to read everyone else's - it made me feel really 'normal' - not because mine are any less odd, but just to know that some of my experiences are shared felt really good :D

Actually, that felt a bit exploitative - watching everyone's stuff, and not offering up one:

I worry that I might kill my family in my sleep, so I warn my husband at bedtime that I might, and just to watch out for me. He finds it very condusive to a restful bedtime (not) :twisted:

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Post by eponymous85 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:39 pm

Just a thought Ruthie, are you getting contributions from anywhere else too? Is there a danger these could be dismissed as 'mental health workers are a weird bunch...'? A friend of mine pointed this out when I did a similar survey.

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Post by jennyc » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:45 pm

Cows kind of freak me out. I hate driving / walking past a field of them because I can't shake the feeling that they have been sitting up talking to each other before I arrived, and that they'll be sitting up gossiping about me when I'm past. Also their eyes are weird. They look like they know things. Sorry to any cow-lovers out there!
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Post by mandy20 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:53 pm

Ruthie wrote:
mandy20 wrote:Sunflowers make me feel agitated. I was in a bad mood once and as i was walking past someones garden, when i saw a GIGANTIC sunflower peering over the hedge, i angrily threw my chips (with hot chilli sauce in) at this sunflower, and ran away whilst lauging to myself :twisted:

Really wierd hey :)


:lol: THAT is brilliant! Mandy, can I ask what your job role is - because I'm planning to use this for sure!!

Chixta I will almost certainly use your quote, " (not that I would ever actually do this, or indeed any of the things I have mentioned). I just have a very vivid imagination!! " It's the interpretation of the experience, not the experience itself that is distressing - beautifully put!

As for Mandy, I am imagining how that would come across if you said it to a consultant psychiatrist in a ward round. "Ms20 is not a risk to herself but is a risk to sunflowers..."

Oh my giddy aunt, that is HILARIOUS! I will be laughing incongruously for the rest of the day! :lol:

Im both a Support Worker & AP :) Enjoy!!

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