Imaginary Problems and how to deal with them

By looking at the title many of you might be wondering what's this "imaginary problem" is all about. Well some might call it hallucination or there might be some other word for it in clinical psychology which I might not be aware of, but one thing for sure is that this phenomenon exists.

Almost every other person around is being plagued by this disease. I call it a disease as it just never lets you ease and live in peace. You constantly keep thinking about hypothetical scenarios which at times might be totally baseless, at times might have some ground reality or on most of the other times are just completely creation of your fictional imagination.

You always keep thinking things like, What will he think of me? She might not like it at all. She'll kill me if I did that. No, I don't think I look good in that or will look good doing that... These are a few thought examples of how imaginary problems begin.

They're like your excuses loaded with tons of adrenaline. They don't have any existance in reality at all. You keep making up random scenarios on your own and hinder your own progress.

It is like playing a 2 player chess alone and keep thinking what will the second player do if I did that... It's basically all inside your head. But the question arises why this happens in the first place? These imaginary problems are nothing but a by product of depression and anxiety.

Suppose there's a girl named Ancy. Now, Ancy has 2 female best friends. But recently she has started kind of seeing a new guy. They're yet to decide if its something special or just friendship. Shr often gets worried thinking if she doesn't let her friends know or call them enough, they'll abandon her. But she doesn't like talking to them anymore. She doesn't feel like talking more than she wants too.. Still she thinks if her friends find about this guy, they might think that she's not bothered about their friendship at all. While in reality both the friends are busy enough to realise even the slightest of this issue which is inside her mind.

We might mistake it as some sort of introvert-ism but nope, its not at all. Being an introvert isn't similar with being anxious or depressed all the time. Stop worrying about things that'll never happen.

How do you deal with these issues, you might be wondering. The first step in dealing with "imaginary problems" is stop overthinking. When you just start thinking about things that are way out of the context of reality stop wasting your intelligence on it.

This will calm down the anxiety being developed and will help you ease down a bit. Slowly you'll start gaining your lost confidence. Imagination is a gift but it can become a curse if you start using it to torture yourself with creating problems for yourself inside your own head.

Talking out some of these imaginary problems may help you find out which ones are the product of your overthink and which ones are just plain absurd. You can easily identify when you talk these thoughts out loud and realise what gibberish you might be blabbering.

Still if that doesn't help, seek a help from friend who knows and understands you really well. Else as a last resort you can opt for a professional treatment. This is more of a self-development issue than any serious psychological disorder.
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