Thought Broadcasting: What Is It & How To Cope With It

Thought Broadcasting

“Thinking is hard work, which is why you don’t see many people doing it.” – Sue Grafton

What do you call a condition that runs on the belief that your thoughts can be heard by those around you? What do you call a condition that makes people believe that their private thoughts are being broadcasted on the TV, radio, or even on the internet?

It is called ‘Thought Broadcasting’. This condition is normally a symptom of a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or schizoaffective disorder.

Thought Broadcasting Symptoms

Thought Broadcasting Symptoms

Mostly this condition is characterized by a feeling that people around you can hear the most private of your thoughts. People with this condition are always under a constant state of distress because of this belief.

Let me give you an example; imagine you’re at a public gathering and someone is being rude to you. In your head, you’re thinking that this person is impolite and maybe you’re cursing this person. If you’re dealing with thought broadcasting, then you’re thinking that everyone around you has heard the curse and what you’re thinking of the person.

This thinking is distressing and overwhelming enough that it might make you leave the gathering without enjoying yourself or doing anything.

Each symptom of thought broadcasting is different for each person. Some people might fear that they are speaking their thoughts aloud when they are not doing so. Some people might feel like their thoughts are escaping their minds and are being seen, heard, or read by others near them.

Some people with this condition might also try to communicate with their thoughts or engage in telepathic attempts. When they are unable to receive a response of their liking, they might get frustrated, angry, or sad.

Many people with thought broadcasting are more likely to become socially withdrawn and isolated to prevent others from hearing, seeing, or reading their thoughts.

Thought Broadcasting Diagnosis

Thought Broadcasting Diagnosis

Usually, this condition is an indicator of a person having an underlying psychotic disorder. But, if a person isn’t exhibiting other symptoms, it can be a little difficult to diagnose.

To understand if someone is dealing with thought broadcasting, you can look for other symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder such as:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia

Suggested Read: Debunking Myths About Schizophrenia

What Causes Thought Broadcasting?

Thought Broadcasting Diagnosis
When people around us start judging us, we start doubting our capabilities, lose the vision of our true potential, and dwell in the overthinking loop. This in turn makes us fearful of being judged. Those gazes, those whispers, and those opinions lead to fear of being judged. So today we are going to discuss how you overcome this fear of being judged by others.

Psychotic conditions can cause thought broadcasting. Disorders such as:

  • Schizophrenia: When a person experiences illogical delusions and a distorted sense of reality.
  • Bipolar Disorder: When a person experiences extreme mood swings (from manic to depressed) and delusions.

Thought broadcasting can be a challenging condition that can affect a person’s daily living. People with this condition may also experience:

  • Social withdrawal as situations like such can make them feel like their thoughts can be heard by others in their vicinity.
  • Poor communication skills as they believe that others can read and hear their thoughts already.
  • Anxiety disorders

How To Stop Thought Broadcasting

Psychotherapy and medications can be combined to treat thought broadcasting.

How To Stop Thought Broadcasting

Psychotherapy: Therapy treatment can help a person form healthy habits and skills to help them control their symptoms.

Medications: Antipsychotic medications can be prescribed by a doctor to help control the symptoms. As this condition is also one of the symptoms of psychotic disorders, antipsychotic medications can help.

Note: It is recommended that if you or your loved one is struggling with this condition, you talk to a professional or a doctor who specializes in psychiatry to understand more about how therapy and medications can help. Do not take any medications without consulting a doctor as some of the medications can worsen the symptoms.

Other things one can do to cope with the symptoms of thought broadcasting are:

  • Avoid alcohol or other recreational drugs.
  • Maintaining a healthy routine
  • Not socially withdrawing or isolating themselves

People with this condition are not very open with what they are feeling, so if your loved one is struggling with thought broadcasting then talk to them. Get them to open up and try to have an honest, open yet gentle conversation with them.

Let them know that they aren’t alone and that they have your support as well as a medical help.

Online therapy platform such as Talkspace offers psychiatry help provided by trained and licensed professionals. For more information, you can also write to us at

Remember, the fight isn’t easy but you are not standing alone. You have support and help. All you need to do is – ask!

Be well, stay safe.

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