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Make yourself crazy?

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Ok, this is probably a stupid question, and I realize it's probably NOT possible, but is it possible to make yourself go crazy by thinking about a really scary thought or something you can't figure out for too long. I know the phrase "I'm making myself crazy with this math problem" or whatever, but can you make yourself litterally insane? I had a good day yesterday and today until i had to go to work, that place is like poision for me. I got the thought that freaks me out almost more than anything, which is how am I thinking thoughts...and distraction is hard when I"m thinking these thoughts, because the thoughts themselves are problematic. It's like "how do i form thoughts, when I am forming them, where do they come from? How can i form them while thinking them." It's like I picture them coming from some well into my head, but i'm the one creating them. I dunno it's hard as crap to describe it, but it's really really freaky. Does anyone understand this? Is good old focusing outward the way to go, just distract myself from it? It's maddening sometimes. Sigh...first day of classes tomorrow, and the psychiatrist, so hope that will help. Thanks for listening to my rant.
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Nope. You can't "think" yourself insane no matter hard you try.
Well this is all very uplifting, isn't it? :?

I suppose it is possible to drive yourself insane or as good as inane if you lock yourself in a room for days, if you don't sleep for extended periods of time, or perhaps if you experienced something traumatic for a great length of time.

You might not be seeing or hearing things that aren't there, but I guess that's not really an important distinction. In the archive footage taken after WW1, for instance, there's a man who sits motionless - saying nothing, with no expression, just staring blankly - until the Doctor says "bomb", at which point the man panics intensely and hides under his bed in fear. Such a condition might not be psychosis in its normal form, but is probably in practice just as unberable and debilitating.

So I can see where the pessimists are coming from. But, the question has to be asked, will any of these events that are enough to "break" someone really happen to any of us? Will we fight in a war so traumatic as WW1? Will we lock ourselves in darkened rooms for days? Decide not to sleep for weeks?

I think the answer has to be "no".

That's why it's really not a question worth losing sleep over, or worrying yourself about. Hypothetically you might be able to drive yourself over the edge; but in reality it's simply not going to happen to you.

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