Our expert says:
In addition to medication, this is why I favour CBT, as there are also psychological techniques one can learn to stop such unwelcome thoughts, incdeed, some called Thought Stopping. And thinking of the "snap out of it" comment which is always so annoying, one which works for many people ( so long as they dont't let themselves get hung up over how it sounds so simple as to be silly ) --- you place a wide rubber band round your wrist, and when the intrusive and unwelcome ( and essentially useless ) thought starts to sneak in again, you tug and snap the band against your wrist, producing a short, sharp and slightly painful snap ! --- which is distracting, and at the same time shout ) mentally, so as not to startle near-neighbours !) STOP !
It is possible, with effort, to learn to stop these troublesome and fruitless thoughts. See what other specific techniques your psychologist can suggest .
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