Melophobia (from Greek melodia, "music") is the fear of music. The primary cause of melophobia is a personal link to music that triggers emotions, causing fear. The symptoms of melophobia include:
- Elevated heart rate
- Panic attack
- An urge to flee
- Anger or losing control
- Inability to speak or think clearly
A melophobe may listen to very little or no music. Sufferers who don't want to hear music at all may have a difficult time interacting socially or working in stores and offices where music is commonly played.
A melophobe can even suffer from death anxiety after learning that some songs have lyrics about death.
Melophobia can be treated by learning that music has no effect on reality or upcoming events that affect a person, either good or bad, and then separating types of music that would trigger positive emotions or negative emotions. Listening to soft, gentle music is a viable method of treatment. Other pseudoscientific treatment options include hypnotherapy, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and energy psychology.