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songs getting stuck in head and upsetting you?

I'm not diagnosed specifically with OCD, but I put the question in this form because I felt people might be able to relate to it more.
So I've had this thing happen a couple times now, where I get a couple lines of a song stuck in my head. I know everybody has that happen from time to time, but with me it just keeps playing, and it actually annoys me; like to where I'm like ughhh why do I keep thinking this? One time it was because I wanted to remember exactly how the singer sung a high note.
This time I had a panic attack.
Category: OCD 6 years ago
girl4hope
Asked 6 years ago

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YES! It's always one line, or even sometimes just a little riff of music. Everything I've read online says its completely normal. I don't think how frustrated I get is normal though. I always need to analyze why it came into my head, and I also focus on remembering it PERFECTLY. Today it was Usher (I don't even like Usher so it was extra annoying). I wish I could help you...try putting a different song on and getting that stuck in your head. If I can focus on a new lyric, of my choosing, I feel alot better about it :)
MalloryGail
Answered 6 years ago
MalloryGail

I've had this problem my whole life. I avoid music at all cost just because, I can't stand the head noise. Sleeping is the #1 thing I use to help this. But, sometimes that doesn't work. If sleeping fails, or I don't have time to sleep, I listen to the song again while reading the lyrics. I don't know why, but this does help sometimes.
Answered 6 years ago

For me, it's those catchy jingles in television ads. They get stuck in my head and it's over and over. Sleep, or turning on my white noise machine are the only things that work for me. My late mother used to say if you sing it out loud, it will go away, but it doesn't work for me.
Answered 6 years ago

I am not sure that I have the exact same issue as you, but I have OCD and sometimes get gruesome intrusive thoughts or images in my head that replay. Distraction does not seem to help, but an idea called "turtle-ing" does. Like a turtle that is safe in its shell, find a comfortable place, maybe alone, where you can relax and breathe. I like to hold a stuffed animal or stress ball when I sit or lay down. Then, I do very slow deep breathing and remind myself that this is simply OCD and that this thought( a song for you) will go away eventually. It is impossible that it will stay forever, so as frustrating and difficult as it is, make yourself as comfortable as possible holding your stress ball in your shell, and let the intrusive wave wash over you. If a turtle got overthrown by a wave, it would simply make the best of it in its shell until the wave passed....The turtle knows in the back of its mind that the wave will not last forever....Breathe deep and hold on, and when you are breathing, maybe find a word to say to yourself as you inhale and exhale repeatedly. For example, I say Cooper slowly as I breathe because that is my dog's name. Sometimes, I say JE on the inhale and SUS on the exhale to create Jesus. I do hope my response helps. Warm wishes..
honeybadger
Answered 6 years ago
honeybadger

Great stuff there, honeybadger! I'll have to try that out. This happens to me pretty frequently, where I get a lyric, riff or melody stuck in my head and can't seem to let it go. It's quite annoying when I can't focus on anything else.
Chris730
Answered 6 years ago
Chris730

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