Racing thoughts can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose racing thoughts, we could:
|Lack Of Sleep||1%||Ruled out|
|Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder||1%||Ruled out|
|Caffeine Intoxication||1%||Ruled out|
How often do you have 'racing thoughts', with your mind moving quickly from one idea to the next?
Possible responses:→ Never / rarely / don't know
→ Less than once a month
→ A few times a month
→ Several times a week
→ Several times a day
While racing thoughts are most commonly described in people with bipolar disorder, they are also common with anxiety disorders, such as OCD.
Caffeine intoxication is known to cause rambling thought and speech.