Okay, I have a theory about this thing that seems like an adhd trait. I’m calling it “brain echo” because I don’t know if there’s another name.
Brain echo is where you hear a sound - maybe a bit of a song, a ringtone, a word or phrase - and your brain LOUDLY repeats that sound to you over and over and over again for like 5-10 minutes.
I’m not talking about when you get a song in your head. When that happens, usually it lasts longer, and listening to the tune helps a bit, plus you can just hum it while you go about your day.
Brain echo is like your brain yelling at you, forcing you to listen to it, and it’s so loud in your head that you can’t focus on anything else while it’s playing and you have to wait for it to stop, which it always does eventually. It happens almost immediately after hearing the sound.
I think it’s an ADHD thing because it goes away when I take my medication, also I’ve spoken to people without ADHD who don’t relate to me, but I have also spoken to people with ADHD who do experience this. It’s also worse when I’m tired, which isn’t good news for my insomnia.
Here’s an example: I was at work last year, when someone accidentally played something on their laptop without muting it. They muted it straight away but not before this voice went “WELCOME TO-” in like this weird robotic way. And for the next 10 minutes, I was basically out of commission while my brain was just repeating WELCOME TO WELCOME TO WELCOME TO my brain also often echos my morning alarm, regardless of what it is. I wake up hearing my alarm in my head for like half an hour.
So like… Is this a thing? Or am I just weird/do I have some other issue? Lol