‘Racing of thoughts’ is a typical phrase used by medical professionals like doctors especially those dealing with the mental health problems of people. It means that a lot of thoughts of various types are coming to and from in the brain very rapidly. The question is if it’s abnormal to have such thought race inside our brain.
The answer according to this author is ‘no’ unless the high speed flow of thoughts are disturbing our daily working life and social life miserably. Otherwise, it’s unlikely to be abnormal.
Here are 2 excerpts from the web to know it better-
Racing thoughts refers to the rapid thought patterns that often occur in manic, hypomanic, or mixed episodes. While racing thoughts are most commonly described in people with bipolar disorder and sleep apnea, they are also common with anxiety disorders, OCD, and other psychiatric disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The phenomenon called racing thoughts is distinct from “hearing voices,” which is a symptom of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, severe mania or other psychotic disorders. Racing thoughts can be a symptom of mania or hypomania, but unlike some other symptoms of these moods, they can also occur with depression or an anxiety disorder. Sometimes racing thoughts are accompanied by a pounding heart or pounding pulses, including drumming in the ears.
Various individuals may get various types of thoughts rushing in their brains depending upon their profession, social life, thought preferences etc. For example, a receptionist of a hotel who is on his way to his workplace may be preoccupied with thoughts of guests whom he is expecting to meet on reaching his office or the food he is going to have in the dinner or may be the gift which he should present to his girlfriend and so on. It is very hard to predict the spectrum of ideas that can run in a individual’s brain at one time.
I feel that racing of thoughts occur more at times when we are going through some type of stress or when there is no work to do with the active use of mind.
During morning hours while I am waiting at a traffic signal anxiously for the signal light to turn green, variety of thoughts start flowing in my brain like a storm and I try to pick some of those to sketch my posts, alike the one you are reading now.
Most authors in this world , I suppose, get various unique thoughts blooming in their brain at certain times of their life or day and they pluck some of those to write their story or article.
Therefore, it may be not always bad to have racing of thought inside our mind. Maybe it’s the dawn of an author’s next best writing!