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Earworms Tormenting Me at Night

01/20/2011

Question:

I`ve had earworms normally throughout my life as any normal person, but after a few weeks ago, almost every song I hear gets stuck in my head, or even songs I haven`t heard in years. These earworms are especially annoying at night. Also, this "monster earworm" never stops. I`ve heard songs all day, non stop. The best advice I got was to get more sleep, but the earworms especially torment me at night. I need some help.

Answer:

If you find that any thoughts become obsessive, and interfere with participating in normal activities, then you should definitely seek a mental health evaluation.

Everyone gets snippets of songs going through their heads now and then, but it sounds like this has become an obsession for you, and is interfering with your ability to function. It is time for you to see a professional.

Good luck.

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Response by:

Nancy   Elder, MD Nancy Elder, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati