Posted by blueboy on June 6, 2008, at 11:04:54
In reply to Re: Intrusive music in my head, posted by Tomatheus on June 5, 2008, at 18:39:40
> > I hate to say it, but it is true that intrusive thoughts happen to everyone -- its just the level amount and the amount of distress it causes. ...
> I think I'm missing something here because I don't really see how intrusive thoughts and intrusive music are anything other than auditory hallucinations.
To me, the difference is that I know that the music is coming from within my mind. I don't think there is actual music playing. There is no confusion as to whether it is real.
Also, mentally healthy people (at least relatively, LOL) often report the phenomenon of having a song "stuck in their mind".
Like, I can close my eyes and visualize my mother. Perfectly normal. I could conceivably close my eyes and visualize my mother without wanting to, repeatedly. That would be similar to the "intrusive music". Or I could think I see my mother, when she's 500 miles away. To me, that would be a hallucination.
In my vocabulary, hallucinations are something more serious and generally either drug-induced or symptomatic of psychosis. The only time I've ever had one is when I have partly awakened from a dream.