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[Buddie]

Music in head
« on: July 04, 2017, 05:39:11 pm »
Hey guys,

I have been dealing with music in my head (which I know is normal for some) but it hasn't gone away in over a year, literally always constant. I get super afraid of some songs, I wasn't able to get off xanax because this gave me a lot of fear. I am now 21 days free (second longest I have gone, longest since graduating college a few months ago), and wondering if I just need to keep going. I also get intrusive/obsessive/irrational thoughts like I won't be able to stop thinking about one thing. I have success windows, but I seem to freak myself out. Just looking for some direction and hope from more experienced people.  Has anyone else dealt with this? :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Music in head
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 09:59:41 pm »
I often 'play' music in my head, and it got really annoying during withdrawal.  I found that playing music constantly stopped the problem.  I even play music at bedtime (soft ambient stuff).  I don't give my mind a chance to create music - there's always abundant real music going on around me.
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Re: Music in head
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 10:01:25 pm »
I often 'play' music in my head, and it got really annoying during withdrawal.  I found that playing music constantly stopped the problem.  I even play music at bedtime (soft ambient stuff).  I don't give my mind a chance to create music - there's always abundant real music going on around me.

Any idea what causes this, [...]?  I've done this most of my life - really drive me nuts sometimes. 
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Re: Music in head
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2017, 10:12:46 pm »
I often 'play' music in my head, and it got really annoying during withdrawal.  I found that playing music constantly stopped the problem.  I even play music at bedtime (soft ambient stuff).  I don't give my mind a chance to create music - there's always abundant real music going on around me.

Any idea what causes this, [...]?  I've done this most of my life - really drive me nuts sometimes.

No idea.  Germans call it an ear-worm (Ohrwurm).  I'm kind of a musical person.  Maybe even a little OCD-like about music.  I play piano, and the tunes in my head often reflect what I'm practicing - especially if I practice late at night.  Then those songs are all in my head when I try to sleep.  But the music system in my bedroom helps to take care of that.
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Re: Music in head
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 11:44:21 pm »
Earworm!  Pretty apt word for it.  My earworms are all pieces that I used to play on the piano many, many years ago.  They're very associated with muscle memory, rather than auditory.  I don't actually 'hear' the music - my hands remember the movement while my brain remembers the rhythm and fingering, over and over, ad nauseum.  It's odd - I think it's a manifestation of some low-level OCD compulsions.  Just an interesting phenomenon to me, I guess, as I've had it for so long, but it doesn't bother me that much.  I'll try the ambient music as a backdrop.   
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Re: Music in head
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019, 03:17:32 pm »
Hey guys,

I have been dealing with music in my head (which I know is normal for some) but it hasn't gone away in over a year, literally always constant. I get super afraid of some songs, I wasn't able to get off xanax because this gave me a lot of fear. I am now 21 days free (second longest I have gone, longest since graduating college a few months ago), and wondering if I just need to keep going. I also get intrusive/obsessive/irrational thoughts like I won't be able to stop thinking about one thing. I have success windows, but I seem to freak myself out. Just looking for some direction and hope from more experienced people.  Has anyone else dealt with this? :)


I had this my whole life. Apart from the really relaxing songs I know anything (srsly ANYTHING, even songs that don't exist) may pop up in my head. If I skip listening to anything for a prolonged time and/or I am in deep concetration flow state, it disappears. Unfortunately that is rare. If anybody knows anything more reliable, please let us know.
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Re: Music in head
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2019, 08:20:00 pm »
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Re: Music in head
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2019, 06:19:24 am »
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Re: Music in head
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2019, 02:08:27 pm »
I have this symptom a lot- like different songs in my head. can really drive you crazy at times

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Re: Music in head
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2019, 11:49:58 am »
I too have music playing in my head mostly in the mornings when I am laying in bed!  It is the same ones for a few days and then it changes to some new ones, then cycles back!  Sometimes it is even rap songs!  Ya, very annoying for sure!!!! Especially when I don't know all the words!!!! ❤
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