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When you are thinking too much and creating situations that will never happen when solving a problem, is there an expression or word for this? What is a better way to express this idea without using "thinking too much" or is this fine?

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  • please give a context in which you would use the word or expression.
    – fev
    Dec 17, 2020 at 15:31

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The word is "overthinking".

Overthink—to think too much about (something); to put too much time into thinking about or analyzing (something) in a way that is more harmful than helpful

Merriam-Webster

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exaggerating things would be one option. Also, many of the OVER- verbs would also do the job. I personally like overdramatize because it reminds me of the funny expression "to be a drama queen". Other idiomatic expressions you might like are

worry over nothing

make a big deal

press the panic button

blow things out of proportion

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You can use the world overthink.

Overthink (verb): to think about something too much, in a way that is not useful: Eg: I overthink everything and worry too much.

[Cambridge English Dictionary].

You can also use the sentence "think too much" to express the same thing.

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