Is it normal to have the urge to put yourself in harm's way?

Lately, not constantly, when I see a potential fatal scenario I feel compelled to jump into it. For instance, these urges range from wanting to wander off into the woods without a word to anyone, to inhaling water in the bath, to full-on stepping into moving traffic. I have to mentally AND physically stop myself as of late.

I'm not depressed or anything like that, I'm a happy person, so I don't know what would cause it. This is a very recent thing. I told my doctor and she basically threatened to have me committed for 72 hour involuntary confinement in a psychiatric hospital for being a danger to myself when I really don't think that's the case. Is it normal to have these random urges?

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  • Intrusive thoughts perhaps.

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  • I sometimes imagine myself walking into incoming cars but nothing too crazy.

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  • I think it depends on how strong those thoughts are and if you find they're difficult to resist following.

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  • I wish I knew from your point of view why ,
    I have those regularly, but I do have depression and think it’s an easy way out

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  • Well if you are really seeking a challenge fly yourself to syria and buy as much black market weapons as possible and go guns blazing vs terrorists, bonus points if you run into russian mercenaries.

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  • Normal. It’s just intrusive thoughts, every time i pick up a steak knife there’s a little voice in the back of my mind telling me to plunge it into my eye and start slicing like it’s a tomato. Just recognise the thoughts and have the self control to not act on them.

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