Stuck thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that stick in your mind and replay over and over again.
Thoughts, concepts, mental images, melodies, or songs seemingly get stuck in your mind:
No matter what you do, you seemingly can't stop your mind from thinking of them over and over again. In every undistracted moment you find your mind replaying the unwanted thought, concept, melody, or song.
These thoughts are like a hamster running on a squeaky hamster wheel in the background. No matter what you are doing, that squeaky wheel seems to be always turning.
Many become distraught and worry that their mind is stuck in a never-ending loop. Others fear that the loop could get worse and may never end.
This anxiety symptom is often referred to as unwanted and repetitive thoughts. Some refer to it as obsessions or obsessional thinking.
Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom). Our anxiety symptoms chapter includes a more detailed description and explanation about the anxiety symptom thoughts that seem stuck.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated March 2015.