Of course, if you are experiencing a truly terrible event, it can trigger obsessive thoughts (“trigger” them). Given example.
Last March, we were all horrified by the horrific suicide of my younger sister. She seemed as cheerful as you can imagine, she was doing well, and she looked mentally perfectly healthy. I think that’s where my obsessive thoughts came from: “Since she did it, maybe I’ll follow her example.” It turned out that I was doing everything possible to prevent such an act. This only increased my anxiety disorder. I ended up watching suicide videos on YouTube to make sure I never did anything like that. It was a huge mistake.
This is how a Troubled voice and a Voice of false calm can respond to a personal tragedy. Pay attention to how their dialogue all the more reinforces the punishment.
Anxious voice: Father just died of a heart attack. He was only 63. You could easily be in his shoes. Look at the way you’re losing your breath. This may well be the first sign. Voice of false calm: you’ve just been examined by a cardiologist. She said it was all right.
Anxious voice: but things could change any second. Take even the runner who died while Jogging.
Voice about peace: you can’t go to doctors. She already thinks you’re a hypochondriac. Offer daily pulse and blood pressure at home. When everything’s normal, it’s comforting. Anxious voice: How do you know the machine is working properly? I think about it several times a day. Voice of false calm: don’t be stupid! Of course it works. Okay, you can measure twice a day. Restless voice: Don’t laugh at me. This is important, so you can die.
Voice of false calm: You just have to believe that everything will be fine.
Anxious voice: there Must be some reason why I keep thinking about death. You can’t just trust everyone. What if I’m intuitive?
Sad, shocking and tragic events can exacerbate anxiety disorder and seem to even increase the likelihood of unrelated trouble. In the light of such events, terrible events seem more likely, so you have to try even harder, so they did not touch you.
Events like these can be the main triggers of obsessive thoughts. This will be discussed in more detail in the second Chapter, when it comes to the types of obsessive thoughts.