Music sensitivity? This thing somewhere along the spectrum?

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sirg
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10 Aug 2012, 1:27 pm

hi

this is something i've always wanted to know

ever since I can remember, i had an odd sensitivity to some music. There were songs on the radio or something and the tunes would strike me as sad or weepy. The song may not be a sad song.

Anyway, the tune would crawl into my head and I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it. It'd keep me up at night and upset my parents because they didn't understand why I just wouldn't stop thinking about it. There were songs I couldn't listen to for years and years out of fear that I'd not be able to cope. Even today i still have this problem from time-to-time but its much less frequent and bothersome.

anyone else hear of something like this?



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10 Aug 2012, 1:39 pm

I'm not sure but I also have issues with music. Songs have the propensity to stick in my head for weeks sometimes, usually the same couple of lines. For this reason I am allergic to anything played on the radio or TV and I tend to listen almost exclusively to instrumental tracks which are acceptable to me - that is, music which will not bug me too much if I have to live with it going round and round in my head for weeks. That said, I get indescribable enjoyment from music that I do like.



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10 Aug 2012, 1:40 pm

I have a similar thing too. If I feel that a song is sad and I am forced to listen to it, I will get depressed because of it.

I have a very strong emotional connection with music. I always develop strong special interests with various bands/musicians and listen to their music for days/months/years on end. If some song gets into my head, I play it repeatedly in my mind and get obsessed with it. Sometimes, it won't stop if I don't actually listen to it in real life - it's like a "thirst" that I can only quench by getting to listen to the song.

I listen to music all the time when I'm home. But when I don't have music playing, my mind will relentlessly play some lines from one or a few songs I'm being into at the time. Most of the time, it will be shortened to one or two lines or an entire verse. There's never any minute of quiet in my mind :) I like it this way and it allows me to go about my day while mentally playing my favorite music, but this gets ruined sometimes if I get to hear other songs on radio/TV. If they have a catchy tune, they will stick with me, even if I don't like them much. Very annoying occurence....


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10 Aug 2012, 1:43 pm

I'm very sensitive to music. It definitely affects my mood.



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10 Aug 2012, 2:02 pm

im the same way never thought about it being part of the spectrum.



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10 Aug 2012, 2:32 pm

same here; but i thought it was to do with high sentitivity rather then autism.

i actually just today fouht this article that speaks about something simular, making it seem as if this emotion is the norm rather then the exception, and there is this one too, which seems to speak about the effect i feel when listening to music (or playing it, for that matter)