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Medical What causes some people to want to roll their head

  1. Jan 5, 2017 #26
    So I'm not alone! I've been head rolling since birth, Drs told my parents it was Shaken Baby Syndrome even though i was shaking myself. Did it awake and while sleeping.
    As a child i didn't need music but as an adult i prefer it. I'm 30 and I still thoroughly enjoy it. I day dream while doing so, its an escape. If I'm single I'll head roll daily. Being in a relationship helps because there's no way I'd risk getting caught by a significant other. Happy to know there's others like myself!
     
  2. Jan 5, 2017 #27
    I thought I was alone in this too as this is not heard of ( I wouldn't call it rare now that there are people out there that do what wwe do, amazing that peopel are coming out of the "closet: sort of speak." :D ) I had no idea that there was others that did the same thing I did, I truly thought I was weird or crazy, but I know I am not crazy, I often wonder what makes me do this, why??? I still do this, sometimes with and or without music.
    Welcome aboard AzLisaMarie. :)
     
  3. Mar 9, 2017 #28
    Hey guys, there's a name for this! The latin name is: "jactatio capitis".
    I have ADD and have been doing this my whole life.
     
  4. Mar 14, 2017 #29
    I have been rolling my head ever since I can remember. 4-5 years old. I still do it now and I'm in my 40's.. it has slowed down because I'm married now (11 years) so I only do it when my wife isn't around. (Like if I go to bed before her). It's almost like a means of escape, I day dream think things, etc... After rolling around for a while, than I will stop because I kind of tired myself out, and I'll roll over look to go to sleep without following, or either my wife will come to bed and I'll be forced to stop. There will be times when I had such a long exhausting day, even in the middle of the day where I'll just go upstairs and roll even if it's for a few minutes, just to unwind. I went to a sleep clinic when I was in my 20's , nothing came of it. They gave me a medication called anafranil, it took it for like a month and stopped, I don't want to be on medication. I don't think it's necesssary for that. Crazy thing is, I have 2 boys - my older guy no,head rolling, my younger guy who is 6 now, told my wife my mother, it's freaking hereditary, he does the exact same thing as me. I feel terrible I gave him that disorder. As soon as I saw him doing that I felt so bad. I know this is going to be with him forever. The hiding it friends , sleepovers etc... anyway just figured I share my story. I'm exhausted, I'm going to go roll alittle before the wife goes comes to bed...
     
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  5. Mar 14, 2017 #30

    Evo

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    What people here are describing is strictly voluntary, jactatio capitis or Rhythmic movement disorder is mainly involuntary. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythmic_movement_disorder

    We do not diagnose people here, so let's avoid diagnoses or the thread will need to be closed.
     
  6. May 26, 2017 #31
    I, too, have been doing this since I can remember...I continue to do it, because it makes me feel good, and helps me to sleep. I don't see any harm in it, and neither does my wife. I was able to stop for awhile when I was in a previous relationship because she thought I was 'weird'... I still had to 'rock' my foot. I'm 55 and couldn't be happier...those that understand it, understand it. Those that don't...don't. They don't pay my bills, so I don't worry about it.
     
  7. May 26, 2017 #32

    jim mcnamara

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    This thread has had a good run. Closed.
     
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