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I Wish I Could Turn Off My Brain

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    I hate how I can't turn off my brain at all.

    Even at night! I would have to take something to help me sleep so my mind isn't going a mile a minuet.
    ResplendentMelissa ResplendentMelissa 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 8

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    Sometimes it's saying too much

    and never stop complaining 😒
    FinnyFunny FinnyFunny 18-21, F Jun 12

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    Shut Up Already!!

    Why won't you leave me alone and give me some peace for a while?  Why do you have to keep thinking and thinking and then re-thinking?  I need some sleep and you won't let me get it.  I need some quiet and you won't let me have it.  You won't even shut up long...
    goddessone goddessone 41-45, F 14 Responses Mar 10, 2008

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    I am so tired of being in a constant state of

    panic. Imagine if everything, even caring for your sweet child causes a fight or flight reaction... literally spending the entire day in a tense, hyper-vigilant terror that I cannot get away from. I'm so scared of being put on more antidepressants that don't work. I'm at a...
    wtftodo51 wtftodo51 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 8

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    Endless Thoughts

    As long as I can remember, my brain has been overload, continuously thinking 24/7, even when I sleep. And if that isn't messed up, I perceive two thoughts at once and I can't control one of them. Its as almost I have two brains, one that I can control and the other that I can't...
    NightwolfBlackheart NightwolfBlackheart 26-30, M 4 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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    Times like this I wish I had someone

    who I can talk to, and reliably take my brain and shut it off. The only person capable of it doesn't want to be committed to that. I just want something, or someone. I'm starting to sound desperate at this point. Maybe I am. I don't know, everyone sounds desperate when all they...
    PokeCotard PokeCotard 13-15, M 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    If only I can shut off

    and forget the negative thoughts in my head...
    gitzai gitzai 22-25, M Apr 1

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    At Night ...

    Even when I'm exhausted, and just want to sleep, a million thoughts keep running through my head, no matter how much exercise or relaxation techniques I use. It doesn't happen every night, but i wish it didn't occur at all!
    beerchick beerchick 26-30, F 10 Responses Sep 30, 2012

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    Heart Or Head?

    Do you listen to your heart or your head?  How do you decide what to do when you heart says YES YES YES and your head comes behind it saying HELL NO!!! HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLl NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 8 Responses May 2, 2009

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    I just thought of something kinda sad,

    most of the people in my generation will grow up to be adults with scars, and those adults will be fathers or mother with scars and they'll have to explain to their children why they have scars. But on a brighter note they will be a lot more understanding and sensitive to their...
    ImAlittleLost09 ImAlittleLost09 18-21, F Mar 8

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    How To Cope With This Economy?

    My brain/mind wont stop analyzing every possible negative scenario that could happen.life,love,money,social,emotional and physical issues seem more complex than in years past.I have a college degree as well as vocational training,yet i made more money in my early twenties.jobs...
    Exponentiallystressed Exponentiallystressed 36-40 1 Response Mar 26, 2012

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    Ever wake up with the weirdest sentence

    randomly in your head? Like "boomchakalaka scuba divers unite"
    emelon12 emelon12 18-21, F 1 Response May 29

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    Sometimes

    i just wanna end the racing thoughts the indecisive thoughts the plans the fears the everything over analyzing the judgement all happening in my brain right as i drift to sleep I feel like i could just drown in all of it. sometime wish i could just turn my brain off like a...
    letsfeelthelove letsfeelthelove 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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    I think way too much!

    Many nights I lay in bed sleepy but unable to sleep because my mind doesn't want to rest. I just don't know how to shut my thoughts off. Sometimes I just take zzzquil and finally get some sleep! Two places I think the most are laying in bed and in the shower
    Devotedmom77 Devotedmom77 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 8

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    I over think so much about other people!

    ! I care to much about people who don't care about me. I just wish I could stop taking everything so personal and just let it go over my head like i didnt hear a word. don't know how to handle this.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 1

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    It's all so overwhelming.

    To any thoughts to much caring and for what??? I'm so sick of being too thoughtful about things that shouldn't matter to me.Analyzing every little thing even when I don't want to.Hurting so bad but not being able to stop the thoughts from playing over and over in my head.
    irreelevance irreelevance 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 18

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    I seriously wish I could turn off my brain

    and just have a clear mind and not have so many worries about the future and so I can stop thinking about him..
    PrincessKylieP PrincessKylieP 16-17, F Nov 9

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    ArtsyFaerie32 ArtsyFaerie32 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 21

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    I can't stop thinking.

    I need to stop thinking. I want to stop thinking. I can't stop thinking. I need to stop thinking. I want to stop thinking. I need to stop thinking. I can't stop thinking. I want to stop thinking. I need to stop thinking. I can't stop thinking. I want to stop thinking.
    PokeCotard PokeCotard 13-15, M 2 Responses Nov 17

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    I hear everything. Even the things I don't

    want to hear. I notice everything... every move....every facial expression....every gesture. I overthink things when I shouldn't . I feel things that shouldn't matter to me. I care for people who couldn't care less about me or don't know I exist. It's disturbing...it's crazy...
    irreelevance irreelevance 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 19

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    Especially tonight. I'm thinking about things

    that cant be undone, worrying about tomorrow and the week ahead. It does me no good .
    karenmbrown karenmbrown 51-55, T 2 Responses Sep 22

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    The only time I could do

    that is when I drink or smoke weed.. Even in my sleep I can't switch it off.. Any tips?
    keem888 keem888 26-30, M 4 Responses Jun 7

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    During the day, I'm thinking about school

    and normal teenage things. At night, I'm bored so I think about philosophy and get my self in depressed states and stress because of it. I can't sleep some nights because my brain is thinking about everything. Whenever I sleep, I hear my thoughts, echoing and becoming...
    PokeCotard PokeCotard 13-15, M Oct 21

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    My mind is a marathon nonstop with me an

    unwilling participant. I see and feel art and inspiration in everything around me. I feel like two people. The normal quiet me when ignoring that inspiration, and the true rather manic me who dives into writing and art to get out the thoughts. But sadly, this keeps me awake...
    Lovelife090994 Lovelife090994 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 25

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    AriannaMariee AriannaMariee 16-17, F 2 Responses May 29

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    I feel like I'm thinking about soo much.

    . Then when someone asks what I'm thinking about.. I can't tell them :/
    lexiesempathy lexiesempathy 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 8

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    Because who wants work on their mind

    when they're in the bedroom?
    Marbo12 Marbo12 26-30, M Nov 7

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    GREAAAT... There's overthinking something then

    there's whatever the **** my brain decided to do. Bloody hell!!
    Shiningstar26 Shiningstar26 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 28

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    Sometimes it scares me what my mind is capable

    of. I am educated and feel like I can learn anything. I have never had difficulties learning or insecurities about my intelligence. But when my mind wonders and imagines it is very powerful. Not that I am delusional or believe that these things happen. But it effects my emotions...
    nvragain1024 nvragain1024 31-35, F Nov 8

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    Soooo much thinking, thoughts,

    and stress. Even when I'm sleeping I still dream of what I'm stressing over.
    teeegreen teeegreen 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 9

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    I create problems in my head

    that don't exist and i get really sad, I can't stop it
    libbybennett libbybennett 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 1

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    sometimes late at night I get this ringing in

    my head and it won't stop. it's like all these thoughts come POURING out of me. some are so random and some are so deep into myself. sometimes i wish it would shut off for a minute. I wish I didn't worry for a minute. wasn't paranoid for a minute. i just want peace and quiet for...
    therearenogoodnames therearenogoodnames 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    Tried to go to bed at 7

    and 12. No luck. Mind attacked. Sigh.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Aug 10

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    Especially At Night

    It never fails..as soon as I lay down to go to sleep..my mind starts to wonder and think about all the things that are going on in my life and the things I that I could be doing instead of laying in bed..so sometimes its hours before I fall asleep..I sooo very much wish that our...
    theheartofmemphis theheartofmemphis 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 4, 2013

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    I literally have so many thoughts running

    through my head I want to scream. Its like thousands of people all yelling inside there. I just wish i could shut it off so i could fall asleep.
    BiO811HazarD BiO811HazarD 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 1

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    We Need To Reshape Our Life

    Many of us feel a nagging emptiness as something real is missing from our lives. We are aware there is more we could be engaging in or giving out. We could be experiencing a much more feeling of happiness in our life. Even after an exciting and exhilarating moment, we...
    ellenooo ellenooo 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 2, 2011

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    An off button for your brain would come in

    handy especially for those long nights you just want to go to bed but your brain dredges things up from the past!!
    kny6781 kny6781 18-21, F Jun 14

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    I can't say I've had a day

    where I haven't over analyzed something to the point of disgust. I can't play chess, let alone many strategy games because I would over think everything and lose repeatedly. Half my brain is thinking about someone, the the other half is filled with memories. Can't I just have a...
    PokeCotard PokeCotard 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 9

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    I think too much. I am always thinking 5-10

    steps ahead. Sometimes, it is hard to live in the moment. It is a great attribute in an emergency. I am very good at fixing problems and figuring out complicated issues, but it would be nice to have some downtime. I guess when I am distracted enough (during intimate moments...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 27

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    Sometimes, I really do.

    My only fear is, would I be able to turn it on again when I need to? Whoa. O_O
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M Apr 2

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    Trying to get to sleep is a lost cause.

    My thoughts won't stop and my brain won't turn off. Even in the middle of trying to say a little prayer it gets interrupted suddenly by a flash of bad memories.
    trayomis trayomis 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 30

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    Actually..................

    I'll start with this. There is no solid border that separates physics from metaphysics. I would say a lot of people don't understand this, but the truth is, a lot of people simply do not believe this. I've seen people use 15 paragraphs to say what could be said in one sentence...
    puck61 puck61 51-55, M 3 Responses Jan 5, 2012

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    I think way too much

    for my own good. I just wish it could all stop- all the talking and the thinking and the listening. I just want everything to stop for a moment so I can just BREATHE.
    queercutie queercutie 16-17, F Nov 8

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    Easier Than You Think

    Short of the ultimate cure, meditation, here are some simple ways to give your brain a break from Deepak Chopra: 27 Ways to Go Out of Your Mind 1. Invite someone new out to lunch. 2. Take a break from TV and radio news for at least a week, detaching from the mass...
    Honir Honir 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 6, 2009

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    I really want to turn my brain off right now.

    I want to do something but have nothing to do. I have plenty to do but don't want to do it. I have people who care about me but no one to talk to. I have someone I love but it isn't enough. I have abilities I am good at but am unable to use them effectively. I love to...
    noodleloaf noodleloaf 36-40, M Aug 19

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    rehn65 rehn65 16-17, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I just can't stop thinking.

    I think all day, it's like my brain never gets any rest. I'll be up all night, thinking about my life&how I can't be a failure. It's just so hard to stop and chill.
    kinkykween kinkykween 18-21, F 2 days ago

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