What It Means to Have Intrusive Thoughts

On average, people have about 6,200 thoughts each day. Inevitably, some will be unwanted, alarming, or just plain strange.

You know the kind: You’re driving down the freeway and suddenly visualize yanking the steering wheel to the left and careening into a ravine. Or you’re admiring the crashing waves beneath you—and, out of the blue, imagine pushing your partner off the…

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