I’m starting to understand why my brain is creating constant symptoms for me. I am a major overthinker. I’m constantly battling with some of the most important existential questions everyday that are faced by people: “Who am I, who do I want to be? What are my real values? What is truly important in my life? Is my life really meaningful? What is my actual purpose in life? What stops me from doing the things I know I should be doing?” And on and on the questions go. It’s very taxing on the brain. It’s like I’m demanding answers from my brain that it simply doesn’t have, and it perceives this pressure to get all these answers as a threat and danger. It creates pain to distract me from the "threat" of my constant existential crisis. The only thing it knows what to do In response is to create distraction in the form of pain and other symptoms. I’m not presenting these questions to my brain as a joyful exploration to seek out. It’s not lighthearted. It's not some fun intriguing puzzle to be solved. It’s a straight up demand. I want answers and I want them. NOW. I might as well be holding my brain at gunpoint. It’s really no wonder I’m constantly in pain. And I never address or change my thought life. I am constantly focused on the pain and getting rid of it, which is just perpetuating the symptom imperative. Can anyone relate to this at all? Am I on to something?