Q I have dark thoughts, like if my hus­band is late, he’s been hurt. Is this nor­mal?

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Vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one has such thoughts, says clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Dr Martin Seif: ‘Worry is part of the hu­man con­di­tion, and we some­times worry cat­a­stroph­i­cally.’ If th­ese con­cerns cause in­ter­per­sonal stress (for ex­am­ple, you beg your hus­band not to leave at all) or limit you in any way, you might want to seek help from a ther­a­pist fa­mil­iar with in­tru­sive thoughts. Scary thoughts that are repet­i­tive or that you can’t shake can be signs of anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion.

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