How to deal with 'intrusive music'?
I often get music stuck in my head, and while the majority of the time it stops within a day, sometimes it’s not what most people experience of this phenomenon. There have been times when a song will be stuck in my head pretty much nonstop for a week, to the point where it gets very annoying and starts making me crazy, like I want to rip my brain out.
In the moment I’m typing this, I have had the same song stuck in my head for about 3–4 days and who knows when it will stop. Thankfully, it mainly happens when my brain goes kind of idle, rather than every second of the day. However, right now, the song is playing in the background of my mind.
It occurred to me tonight that this may be connected to my OCD, so I did some research on it. Turns out my hunch was right, but the methods listed in this article aren’t working. I’m not so great at visualizing stuff, so visualizing the song coming from a radio and pressing “mute” or turning the volume down are not working.
I’m wondering how else I can stop it? The only thing that’s worked to any degree is to be focused or engaged on something (excluding this moment, ha), but I can’t be focused at all times.
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