Do you get music stuck in your head? I do. So I started reading up on it. I’m not sure how much this has to do with ADD, but a lot of people (with ADD) whom I queried complain of this awful phenomenon, which is often referred to as “earworms.”
According to Wikipedia, “An earworm is a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing. Phrases used to describe an earworm include musical imagery repetition, involuntary musical imagery, and stuck song syndrome.”
My quick research via Google showed that earworms, though common in general, are thought to be more common in people with OCD. So what does this have to do with ADD? I’m getting to it…
Having intrusive thoughts and earworms would seem to be similar experiences. The ADD brain, in its search to find stimuli, often finds its way to obsessive worrying, ruminating and as we all know, addictive brain- locking activities like computer games (think…grrrr…Candy Crush), TV, shopping, eating, gambling and more.
In our search for mental stimuli, then, it would make sense that our brains would search for something at all times in order to feed it’s unrelenting hunger for stimulation. Perhaps that’s why many of us find earworms the perfect, yet, totally frustrating solution.
My earworm of the day, which is driving me mad, is the bridge in Chicago’s I’ve Been Searching so Long:
I’ve been searchin’
To find an answer
Now I know my life has meaning…
How about you? What song is stuck in your head right this very minute? Share your nightmare in the comment section below.