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Old 11-07-2018, 05:05 PM   #1
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I have battled anxiety and depression for ever. But after a surgery I have not been able to stop humming or singing music. Itís really stressful to me and my fiancť because I really canít stop. My doctor has no idea and my psych has no idea. Anyone have an idea?
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:08 PM   #2
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I have battled anxiety and depression for ever. But after a surgery I have not been able to stop humming or singing music. Itís really stressful to me and my fiancť because I really canít stop. My doctor has no idea and my psych has no idea. Anyone have an idea?
any ideas? yea maybe its just a normal habit.


habits are learned behaviors that a person continues to do and eventually can done so much that a person doesnt realize that they are doing it...

example a child may suck their thumb the first time to experiment with how it feels then do it again because they liked it and keep doing it and soon it becomes an automatic habit that they are doing, then this automatic habit starts causing problems in their life physically or socially or both.

my point is since no one can find a physical or mental reason for this maybe for some reason you may not remember now you hummed the first time, liked how it felt and made you feel so then maybe you hummed so many times that now its just a habit thats affecting your life. this happened to me with one of my habits.

the cure for when habits become a problem is catching yourself doing it and on purpose stopping yourself from doing it....

example

hum hum whoops Im humming again time to stop humming and focus on what I need to do. (do something different) then notice again when you are humming

hum hum oh gosh there I go again humming. time to stop humming and find something else to do...

the more I reminded myself not to do my habit that was interfering with my life the more control over it I had. now I rarely do the offending behavior I once did to everyones annoyance.

maybe this will help you too.
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Hello WRC: I'm afraid I don't have any idea about this. But I noticed this is your first post here on PC. So... welcome to PsychCentral.

There are forums here on PC dedicated to the subjects of depression & anxiety. Here are links to these forums:

https://forums.psychcentral.com/depression/

https://forums.psychcentral.com/anxi...c-and-phobias/

And then here are links to 2 articles, from PsychCentral's archives, one on the subject of living with depression & one on living with an anxiety disorder:

In-Depth: Living with Depression

Living with an Anxiety Disorder

I hope you find PC to be of benefit.
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It seems really weird that your doctor and psychiatrist have no suggestion about it... perhaps consult other doctors? I'm sorry
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Wow, that's interesting. I'm not an expert but I wonder if there's an element of OCD [Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder] going on there, as well?

Might be worth investigating.
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I hum and I have not always done that. I am 42 and its only been that way for the last couple of years. I think its just a way to self soothe.
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The music is a way of how you are expressing you feelings. You are humming to your self how you are feeling.
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Perhaps see a neurologist or get a second opinion.
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