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    I can't stop humming...Help!
    kinikia1948 posted:
    I'm not sure what my problem is, but I definitly have one. I keep humming to myself unware most of the time that I'm doing it. (It is not a song) My husband has to tell me to stop. This has been going on for some time now but it seems to be getting worse. Am I alone with this or is there someone else out there who has this very annoying problem? I need to learn how to stop this or find out what is causing it. Can anyone help? I'm not sure if it's anxiety because it happens even when I'm relaxed.
    westgirl17 responded:
    I do it too, and I want to stop. How can I do that?
    PK357 responded:
    Have seen so many similar posts, but no solutions! It is anxiety causing to me when my husband tells me to stop humming. Many times it is the same "tune" but not a song. Is there ANY help out there???? Please!
    Katiebean replied to DLamey's response:
    For me it's whistling - and singing - always out loud when I'm working in the kitchen especially but a tune is ALWAYS going through my head and I think I would be so much more productive if that portion of my brain that is producing music would just STOP for a second and let me concentrate on something else. When I solve this problem perhaps I can get some help with run-on sentences. Is this OCD, frustrated "used to be a performing vocalist" syndrome? Do I need help or just a swift kick in the pants? I am ANNOYING THE WORLD but more specifically myself and my husband!
    Tarafuzzy responded:
    I do the same exact thing and I don't know how to stop
    ScottUtah responded:
    I have the same issue. I didn't even notice it until my Co-workers pointed it out to me. I will say something and then immediately do the (we'll call it the Hum's) Hum's Right after. I guess i have done it ever since i started work. They just didn't know how to tell me about it.
    It defiantly has to be Psychological. I told my Co-workers to punch me in the arm every time i do it. Let's just say i get punched a lot at work...
    I know the punching seems silly but it helps me to identify when i am doing it. I notice when I am doing it the most is right after i say something that I'm unsure of. Sort of like I am repeating whatever i just said to myself in the hum form... to make better sense of it in my head.
    I also do the hum's when I am sleep deprived or have had a lot of caffeine for the day. When I'm anxious or stressed i also do it often. It is very similar to a nervous tic or OCD like symptom.
    So it looks like there are no solutions on this forum. So let's try to figure this out... Does anyone else do it when they have had lot's of caffeine? or talked to a psychiatrist about the Hum's?
    kinikia1948 replied to ScottUtah's response:
    It's been 5 years since I posted my humming problem and I am still doing it. No better no worse and it's starting to drive me crazy. I am 65 and have been doing it for a long time. Doing it now as I am typing...HELP! Does anyone have a solution or even know why we do this?
    DEE1111 replied to kinikia1948's response:
    OMG! my co worker/friend hummms all the time! it's super annoying to the point that she gives me migraines! If we are at a party with loud noises she hums louder! if we are at the movies, she hums throughout the WHOLE movie! We've been friends for about 24 years and she started humming about 4 years ago! I asked her to please stop and she said "stop what", she has no clue she's doing it. Her daughter and mine are girl sscouts and now the daughter does it too! I'm at the point where I avoid hanging out with her, and I'm asking for a transfer in position to stay away from her. I've read up on it and she has signs of Alzheimers, which runs in her family, but she's only 37. I have mentioned to her to go see a doctor, but she seems annoyed with my suggestions. I don't know what else to do, she's a really nice and carring friend, but her humming is driving me insane! I'm glad you at lease acknowledge that you have a problem and are not in denial like my friend is. Have you seeked medical attention?
    jeffery_papa replied to DEE1111's response:
    I'm not an expert but I've known several folks (including myself) who have this and other similar problems. I've seen folks work w/ neurologists, natural medicine, psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. My opinion is that most (if not all) of these issues are the result of chemical imbalances associated with emotional experiences in your life. In my experience, the most effective way to address this problem is through a combination of [temporary> medication and therapy.

    Medication helps alleviate the symptoms, but in most cases the folks prescribing medicine aren't devoted to helping you address the underlying issues since fundamentally, that is not their expertise and not the best use of their time. Out of the 6-7 different doctors who prescribed medications for mental health, only two have even been diligent enough to make sure I was seeing a therapist / psychologist in addition to their care. Without addressing the underlying issue, you'll basically be on medication for the rest of your life and often at higher and higher doses overtime - no one wants that.

    Working with a licensed therapist or psychologist can help resolve the underlying issue and train your body to attain sustained balance on its own. With appropriately monitored medication coordinated between the therapist and the prescribing physician, along with patience and the determination to address the problem, you can achieve long term results.

    TL;DR; -> start working with a therapist

    Here's a good article to get you started:

    Best of luck and be patient.
    PK357 replied to jeffery_papa's response:
    Sorry, Jeffrey, but your reply doesn't sound like much help! Having gone through your solutions, with no what????
    An_250687 responded:
    My partner makes a hummm on every expiratory breath. We're just sitting quietly watching tv or I am reading and he is breath in then breath out hummmmmm. Drives me insane. Was wondering what causes this. Medical problem or bad habit. I haven't said anything to him about this for fear of upsetting the apple cart.My family has asked me why he hummmms all the time. I say I don't know I just try to ignore it.
    Mawee20 responded:
    I would say uncontrollable humming is not a good sign.

    A sudden change in your behavior can be a sign of dementia.

    A deterioration of the frontal and temporal regions of the brain.
    Check with your doctor.
    An_251089 replied to Mawee20's response:
    This problem began for me more than a year ago after I discovered my husband had been unfaithful and I couldn't stop screaming. The humming started at work because screaming was not the best way to stay employed. I worked with a therapist for months and he witnessed this 'coping mechanism" on many occasions. He told me medication would help but that it would go away on its own when my anger subsided. He was correct. Since my divorce, the humming or sounds (not just humming) reoccur when I feel I am being mistreated but I feel I am not completely in control of the situation. When I handle the situation, the problem goes away. My son told me I was driving him crazy humming today at the movies and as it happens I just quit my job because I was passed over a second time for promotion. I am happy that I was in a position to quit, but I am still angry. I realized today I will have to read motivating books until I make peace with the injustice I experienced. Mawee20's comment is totally out of line. Everyone handles stress and anger differently. I am thankful I don't turn the anger inward like a lot of people and sink into a depression. At least I can identify the cause of my anger and while I can not completely control my response to it, humming is better than hurting someone. It appears I am in good company!
    Emotional_Wreck responded:
    I also hum. I thought i was the only one in the world that does it. I even have my other half doing it. I do it too fall asleep and when i am upset.
    misstara1969 responded:
    I do the same thing and only started it a few months ago...I say to myself "stop it damn it" I have no idea why I am doing this but it is driving me crazy!!!
    Lefty2121 replied to kinikia1948's response:
    Chew some gum keep you mouth busy so you don't do the hums! I really have no clue why this is going. Have you talked to a specialist about this? I really hope you find some help or other ways to cope with this...

    Take care

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