I can't stop obsessing over conspiracy theories, help?

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I'm just 16, but I found this site and was hoping maybe I could find some peace of mind. I've been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Anyways, I keep finding conspiracy theories and becoming completely obsessed. Crazy stuff that all logic tells me there's no way could be true, at the moment it's the mandela effect and the potential of alternate realities freaking me out. Before that it was another conspiracy it's like a never ending cycle. I've been loosing sleep and it's awful. I just need advice on how to deal with this I guess? I feel crazy.

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    Thats the point of these conspiracys to mess with  your head. They want to do that. Try not to walk into their web.
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    Very recently I was doing the same.

    Basically I was spending too much time on the internet esp you tube. It started with a pretty innocent doc about the middle east, but then I suddenly noticed the Mandela effect and watched many vids.

    My circumstances are that I was diagnosed with psychosis 14 years ago and still have psychotic thoughts although they are less prevalent. But I'm always fascinated with conspiracy theories like 9/11.

    I found myself starting to half believe the Mandela effect and cern opening up wormholes.

    You see the trouble is part of me wants to believe it and for these things to be true. god knows why.

    I noticed that by believing these things I was also believing there were dark forces at play which when I think about it is pretty frightening. But to believe this skews my beliefs on other things.

    So I decided to stop youtubing these conspiracies. This was about 5 weeks ago and I've kept my mind busy with decorating and seeing some family. Wasn't until I read your post that reminded me of those vids and put it out of my mind.

    So I suggest you stop looking for these on the internet, tell yourself that they aren't true and do something more productive.

    After a while you will separate yourself from these theories. May take a bit longer than it took me, depends how long you have been focusing on them.

    Hope this helps.

    I completely understand your situation.

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      And BTW concerning the Mandela thing, I realised it wasn't real because the people who have come up with this silly theory, are playing on your doubts about certain things. E.g. the forest gump thing - life WAS like a box of chocolates. This is a very well known phrase from the film and when it came into public consciousness, people like comedians or film critics actually said it wrong in the first place. Think about it. Just as an example, If a comedian is referring to that phrase 'life IS like a box of chocolates' in a joke or something, the audience aren't going to think hang on a minute, that comedian said the phrase wrong. It should be WAS'. Over time public consciousness thinks it's IS. Then suddenly years later Mandela theorists go 'Guess what the word is WAS not IS'.

      Dunno if that come across clear.

      They are carefully picking out things which have been wrongly remembered at the time or things which have actually changed.

      It's nonsense.

      Hope this puts ur mind at rest.

      Over time if you can put your mind to the real world whatever that may be your mind will follow.

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      thanks a bunch for the reply. Idk i've really been trying to tell myself that even if the wormhole stuff in particular is true, it's not like I can do anything about it, so why worry ? I'll just have to keep trying to avoid the stuff.

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      Exactly - nothing u can do bout it. And tbh the amount of scare theories I've heard in my whole life (I'm in my 40s) and none have come true you just gotta remember it's all crap.

      Sounds like the conspiracy theorists found their perfect machine to scare the bejeezus out of people.

      Also, why aren't there any CTs that are nice!! Lol.

      Have you tried reading a good book (not on CTs) ?

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      Aha, and no, I haven't read anything in awhile. Although I really should. I reaaaally like Chuck Palahniuk books, might look at more of his stuff, any other book suggestions are welcome though

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    That's terrible to have anxiety at your age. There is nothing wrong if you choose to believe in these theories, but a problem when you obsess and it interferes with your daily life. I hope your doc has perscribed a  antidepressant for you. I know you have to be careful with young people and meds,but you need something. Good luck.

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