ccharles wrote:I think this type of thinking is within the OCD Spectrum, which I've been diagnosed with before. To be honest, I feel like I can help my self overcome this if I use the right techniques, without the need for a therapist. Is there any Dhamma teachings or meditation techniques that could help me work with this? I'm slightly turned off by modern psychiatry, so I'd prefer working on this using the Buddha's teachings.
ccharles wrote:Is something to be seriously worried about, or is it probably just unnecessary anxiety?
In my opinion, it is unecessary anxiety which you're creating and nurturing through worry. Look to the Buddha's advice on letting go of thoughts, and if that's not sufficient analyze what you're doing in terms of what Cognitive Behavioral Therapists call cognitive disortions, which are usually the cause of most anxiety. Books in this field are cheap and most libraries have them. Look for authors like David D. Burns, Aaron T. Beck and Albert Ellis, as they will generally agree with you that you don't need to see a therapist, being self-help
pioneers and all. Since we can't give advice here, I can't say if you need a therapist or not. Maybe you do. But, again IN MY OPINION, therapists should be a second to last resort (right after drugs as the last resort).
We all have intrusive thoughts. It's what we do with them that's most important. Remember, they're just
"You stop me, obviously with a demand for a personal explanation. 'How is it, you write, 'that you reject with such immitigable scorn the very foundation-stones of Buddhism, and yet refer disciples enthusiastically to the technique of some of its subtlest super-structures?'
-Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears
, Chapter XXVII: Structure of Mind Based on that of Body (Haeckel and Bertrand Russell)
"Questions of reality are too important to be left to the scientists."
-Paul Feyerbend, The Tyranny of Science
, p. 51 (Polity: 2012).