mess with (one's) head

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mess with (one's) head

To cause or attempt to cause one to feel confused, exasperated, frustrated, or anxious. All the rules and regulations with this business are really starting to mess with my head. I don't know why you have to mess with his head like that. If you don't want to be in a relationship with him, just say so!
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mess with someone's head

cause someone to feel frustrated, anxious, or upset. US informal
See also: head, mess
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In "(http://ew.com/recap/blindspot-season-2-episode-18/) Senile Lines ," Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and his team investigated a foster home where children are being given mysterious pills that mess with their heads. When one of the foster children killed herself, this encouraged Kurt and Jane (Jaimie Alexander) to investigate a young boy who could provide them with information about what's been going on in the foster home.
They face Penrith Panthers, and although they sit a comfortable four places and four points above them, St George have not won this fixture since 2011, a fact that may well mess with their heads as they try to bounce back.
"Because like, we (managers) sit at home wondering what ways we can really mess with their heads on a Wednesday."
I hang out with some conservative folks (and some liberals as well), and the thought of praising an athiest who died for our country doesn't "mess with their heads."
He was inextricably involved in this whole disgusting evening and Leeds United should not allow either player to emerge from this sorry mess with their heads held high.
Then when I meet the weekend lemmings who don't understand that country roads are for cars, too - not just for riding down the middle while experiencing some kind of smug Nirvana - I can mess with their heads.
She said: "It was hard mentally because I found it quite difficult to do certain things I was told to do by Big Brother - like mess with their heads. And the longer I was in there, the closer I got to them so I felt more comfortable but more guilty for lying."
The rules of the game - designed to mess with their heads in the most evil ways possible - are even more devious than the contestants.