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I have violent sex visions. How can I change this?

First, it is important to note that I am not a licensed therapist and that only a licensed therapist can help you learn how to stop these visions from occurring. In order for the therapist to do so, you will have to be honest about the visions and what is happening before you have them.

There are many reasons why these visions may occur and until you can find out what the cause is, here are a few things you can do to cope with the visions:

  • Journal about what is happening around you before the vision occurs. Write down what you smell, whom you are with, what you are seeing, what you are hearing, and what your body feels like. Share this information with the therapist
  • When you start to have the vision, open your eyes and look around the room. Start naming the items you see in the room. This will help you focus your attention away from the vision.
  • You may also want to drink a full glass of water. This will help your brain clean out any Cortisol (a chemical released in your brain when your brain is stressed) that may be building as a reaction to the vision.

It is important to note that just because you are having the visions, it does not mean that you are a bad person or that you want to act them out in real life. However, if you are making active plans to do so please tell someone you trust so that they can get you help immediately.

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