Overthinking cont'd.

10 Aug 2022

Is overthinking a mental disorder?

Overthinking is not a recognized mental disorder all by itself. However, research has found it’s often associated with other mental health conditions, including:


Anxiety disorders

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

One study found a two-way relationship between overthinking and other mental health issues. Hafeez calls it a “chicken-and-egg” situation: High levels of stress, anxiety, and depression can contribute to overthinking. Meanwhile, overthinking may be associated with increased stress, anxiety, and depression.

Following a traumatic event, it’s also common to be hypervigilant — being on high alert for danger at all times. Some people experience hypervigilance as overthinking about potential signs of trouble. “Our brain can become ‘stuck’ in an upregulated fight-flight-freeze mode and continue scanning for threats or even perceived threats,” Foley says.

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