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Constant singing in my head

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Hi, I'm new in the forums. I have a problem with constant music in my head. It seems to be my inner voice replaying songs on an on (normally songs heard recently, but sometimes old songs start playing randomly). I'm 20 now, but it started about three years ago. I think it could be anxiety, but i've done some research on this topic and I don't have most symptoms. I've even visited a pyschiatrist, which prescribed my SSRIS although he wasn't sure whether I had OCD, anxiety or none. I'm on my second year at university and focusing while studying is getting harder. I can't even stop singing at my tests so I'm failling miserably. That is what really terrifies me. Do you know what could it be? There are so many possible causes that i feel lost right now. I hope you can help me find the root of the problems so I can carry on with my life.
 
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I could be wrong but it sounds similar to OCD. I have something similar where I constantly say a sentance over and over in my head to the point where I feel I can't breath and I get really upset. It sounds like you are really suffering and I hope you can find a way to accept the songs so that they just play in the background.. not easy thought.

My heart goes out to you x
 
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Hi Verticalist, welcome to the forum

I hope you can find some relief from these songs, it must make concentrating really difficult.

I don't know if this helps at all, but I have tinnitus (I know it's not the same thing) and some things that are known to help with that are relaxation and mindfulness, you learn to tune out the noise and ignore it, I am not sure if it would help with the singing though.

There is also something known as musical tinnitus but that is noises not singing.

Have they offered you any other help apart from SSRIs?
 
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Hello toasted crumpet! I've heard tinnitus can be annoying as well. My psychiatrist told me this things depend only on the brain malfunction, so he didn't consider sending me to a psychologist. What do you mean with mindfulness? Are there any particular resources out there that have worked for you? Thanks for your help.
 
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Hello buttercup! Thanks for your answer. Do you think acceptance is the only way through?
 
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Hello toasted crumpet! I've heard tinnitus can be annoying as well. My psychiatrist told me this things depend only on the brain malfunction, so he didn't consider sending me to a psychologist. What do you mean with mindfulness? Are there any particular resources out there that have worked for you? Thanks for your help.
Hi verticalist,

Mindfulness is a bit like meditation, you are meant to focus on what you are doing in the present moment I think, like if you are brushing your teeth you have to think about the feel of the brush, the movement etc

I don't know that much about it tbh but you could ask to be referred to it.

i am not sure if it will help, but worth a try.

Am I right in thinking your singing is not so much like hearing voices it is more like a repetitive thought? I am not so sure how you would deal with that.

For me I have simply habituated to my tinnitus over the years so that it rarely bothers me now, but some people have it very badly and need to go and get treatment for it, like wearing maskers that mask the sound with white noise or having CBT.

Have the SSRIs not helped at all?
 
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Hi verticalist,

Mindfulness is a bit like meditation, you are meant to focus on what you are doing in the present moment I think, like if you are brushing your teeth you have to think about the feel of the brush, the movement etc

I don't know that much about it tbh but you could ask to be referred to it.

i am not sure if it will help, but worth a try.

Am I right in thinking your singing is not so much like hearing voices it is more like a repetitive thought? I am not so sure how you would deal with that.

For me I have simply habituated to my tinnitus over the years so that it rarely bothers me now, but some people have it very badly and need to go and get treatment for it, like wearing maskers that mask the sound with white noise or having CBT.

Have the SSRIs not helped at all?
They made me go easy with it, but songs didn't stop. Maybe someday I learn to live with it, but right now it's driving me insane...
 
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I'm updating the thread cause I know that others like me have this problem and I hope we can get some useful information about what's in our heads. I really appreciate your help! Thank you.
 
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Wearing earbuds and listening to something else with an Ipod or mp3 player may help distract you if the songs are non-stop. Doesn't have to be music, an online book, meditation sounds, anything that you won't think disturbing, it helps my son distract from the unwanted and disturbing things he hears with his condition. Not sure if it would help in school tests or if you would be allowed. May be able to get special permission to wear them. Just a thought.
 
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I get this! Music is CONSTANTLY playing in my head, literally nothing has ever helped to get rid of it. The only time it's not playing in my head is if I'm actually listening to music, which is enjoyable of course, so I just do that a lot. Really annoying when you're trying to sleep or concentrate though.

Sometimes it's just a song I like, and it's normally a specific line or verse or something. It's not the usual 'oh I have a catchy song stuck in my head' - we all get that, but this is different it's hard to explain.

I often have racing thoughts - I wonder if it's related? I've been diagnosed with anxiety, but I really don't see how it could be related as it doesn't appear when I'm anxious, and my anxiety problems are near to non-existent right now.
 
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This is something you need to discuss with your doctors, and yes even though your not anxious right now you anxiety tolerance could have something to do with it and be related to both the music and your racing thoughts.
 
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Hi, i had have had constant music in my head for 3 years.i have tried almost all medicine.DId you get rid of the music?If so, how?
 
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I get the same thing it really irritates me , but one thing I try to do is accept the songs and if I'm not trying to concentrate I will take the time out to use a mindfulness skill , I listen to the songs I really try and understand every word and the meaning of it , if ther is music I will disect it and try and differentiate the instruments.

I struggled with this a lot when doing mindfulness itself so I said it to my therapist and she said to do that.

Not sure if you could do it during tests as it would take time but I do it a lot if I'm talking to people I'm close to and I hear repetitive music/singing I will let them know and they will give me a few mins to myself.
 
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Hello!
I don't see that being a problem!
I have music playing in my head all the time,
And i sing, and hold full conversations as well.
I also have been saved many times, by the other voices,
Which have shown me, and told me much about me, and the world around me.
so, don't worry!
 
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