Music & Mental Health

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Music goes back in our history to our ancestors who weren’t Homo sapiens in our true form. It effects global culture and is also used very often as a means of expression. Many artists have used magical tunes in order to share their darkest times and thoughts.

I was really surprised to find out that there is such a thing as music therapy. Psychiatrists and psychologists use music and musical instruments in order to reduce the stress levels of their clients and to use them as a means of bonding. Here’s a story that would make the point clearer.

How It Helped Kyle

Kyle, a fifteen year old with a history of significant trauma was referred to a music-therapist. Initially Kyle would sit hunched with his mobile phone and found it hard to interact with his therapist. The therapist used Kyle’s mobile to listen to tunes and discuss what they meant to him. This made Kyle talk about his hopes for the future, school and his family. He slowly started writing his own raps and discussed the connections of the lyrics with his life experiences. After two years of therapy, Kyle became more optimistic and developed more understanding about the impact his actions can have on others. One year later, he was attending college.

Music Therapy

It is basically a type of therapy where the therapist draw upon the innate qualities of music to support people of all ages and at all stages of their lives. A wide range of musical styles and instruments are used and it is often improvised. In an informal setting one would think that it is only said to have positive effects but this method actually uses the power of music to heal people.

Sometimes people find bonding with other people over music much simpler than other methods. Maybe a song you like, an artist you love or a band you both follow; anything can make two people best friends quicker than any ice breaker could. People often find solace in it and its deeper tunes when everything else seems to be going wrong.

It Works

People have been found to have lower stress levels when listening to music of their own taste. Has it ever happened to you that your mind was going a bit haywire and everything seemed irritating but you found yourself humming your favourite tune to help everything make sense?

Scientifically speaking, there haven’t been many studies that look into the effect of music of a person’s choice on their own mindset but there have been various other studies. Some studies came to the conclusion that it has a similar effect to the one of drugs in the neural rewarding system.

I always used to think that people who would suggest music as a therapeutic or stress reliever were mistaken. Now I have evidence that I was wrong before. Music does work and it has been shown to have positive effects. It always finds a way to resonate with the thoughts in our mind.

References

Hohmann, L., Bradt, J., Stegemann, T., & Koelsch, S. (2017). Effects of music therapy and music-based interventions in the treatment of substance use disorders: A systematic review. PloS one12(11), e0187363.

Music therapy and mental health – making positive, safe connections, British Association For Music Therapy


41 Comments

Sunita · August 29, 2018 at 10:32 PM

Music has it’s impact on all creatures.Even plants /cows,perform better when music is played around them.

Hope in Your Story · August 30, 2018 at 11:51 AM

That was Awesome!!

    knightofsteel · August 30, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Thank you! 😊

alpanadeo · September 1, 2018 at 10:49 PM

Music has the healing effects. It calm down our mind, gives peace and fills the environment with positivity.
#MothersGurukulreads
#MyFriendAlexa

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 5:08 AM

    Yes it does! Thank you for visiting 🙂

Questy Musings · September 2, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Music is always a great way to connect with yourself. It soothes the mind immediately. Good that we can understand the research with your simple terminology.😄

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Thank you 🙂

Questy Musings · September 2, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Music is a soother, it always helps. The observations in simple terminology are helpful

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Thank you. I’m glad you liked it

Sonam Jain · September 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM

I knew music helps to heal.. It has personally helped me in controlling anger. Wonderful article

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Thank you Sonam. Music is really a wonderful resource for us

Little Duniya · September 2, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Music can heal body mind and soul
this is truly awesome

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Thank you 🙂

ishitahurkat · September 2, 2018 at 11:09 AM

How interesting! I’ve definitely had times when I used music to calm my nerves and to help me focus.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    I was amused when I read the study as well. Music has multiple roles in our lives

Prerna Wahi · September 2, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Music is therapeutic across life forms. Well researched piece!

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Thank you 🙂

Sindhu Vinod Narayan · September 2, 2018 at 3:18 PM

This is so true, it reduces stress to a great level. #myfriendalexa #sindhureads

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Yes! Music is actually a healer

Vasantha Vivek · September 3, 2018 at 11:15 AM

I could relate well with you post. Since I was a depressed person once who attended suicide. And I went for mental counselling in which music therapy was one part. Yes, music helped me to rebuild me.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:01 AM

    I am so glad that you rebuilt yourself. Would you like to share your story with us? It could inspire someone in need as well.

voicetomusic · September 3, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Music is everywhere and depending upon why you listen to what you are listening to, can determine the reasoning for why you’re selecting the choices you make daily or a lifetime. Let the music begin. I’m mean continue.
I enjoy the message for the article. What was your hope in having others read this blog?

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:05 AM

    Those are beautiful words. In this article, I was trying to tell people how even the simplest of things could help a depressed person fight their demons. Music while easily found, could mean so much to some people.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:07 AM

    was trying to tell people how even the simplest of things could help a depressed person fight their demons. Music while easily found, could mean so much to some people.

शिप्रा त्रिवेदी · September 3, 2018 at 12:26 PM

Music is really a type of medicine. I listen to my fav songs after every argument with my husband 🙂 It makes me forget my low points. I have seen that music is also being used for specially-abled child and it helps them to open up and express themselves. Good read! #MyFriendAlexa #vibhuandme

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 1:07 AM

    Thank you Shipra! Music really deserves more credit than we give it. It plays a role in all our lives.

SouthernMusicianUK · September 4, 2018 at 12:34 PM

As a musician with Bipolar and PTSD, ive played around the country and on stages in pubs all the way to festival stages. I have worked with big acts and small acts. The problem i have is if my manic or depression kicks into full swing it can be detrimental to everything i do. I believe strongly that music is a healer, but drugs don’t work with creativity most of the time and if im in self destruct mode it sends me reeling, cancelling gigs and more. Your post is interesting non the less

    knightofsteel · September 5, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Thank you! I would really like to hear more from you on your experiences. Would you like to share that on my blog?

      SouthernMusicianUK · September 5, 2018 at 12:42 PM

      I’d love too. I’ll take a look a bit later on in depth. Whatever you want I’ll supply

      knightofsteel · September 5, 2018 at 12:45 PM

      Sure. So basically I want to know about when you got to know you had those disorders and how you and your near ones reacted to it. Also the effect music has had on your life since then. If any. Something along these lines.

      SouthernMusicianUK · September 5, 2018 at 12:46 PM

      Perfect I’ll drop you a message tomorrow

      knightofsteel · September 5, 2018 at 12:53 PM

      Great I’ll look forward to it

      SouthernMusicianUK · September 6, 2018 at 3:38 AM

      writing up now

      knightofsteel · September 6, 2018 at 9:07 AM

      I received it DG. Your story is really inspiring. You don’t need to just get on with it in my opinion but ultimately it is your choice. I have your story scheduled for the last week of September.

      SouthernMusicianUK · September 6, 2018 at 9:42 AM

      Brilliant. Thank you. Your welcome. And thanks for the kind words 🙂

Puspanjalee Das Dutta · September 6, 2018 at 12:41 AM

Loved reading it. Music has helped me in the worst phases of my life, battling with depression and stats. Thank you so much writing this.

    knightofsteel · September 6, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Thank you for visiting Puspanjalee. I’m glad to know you battled through your tough times.

preety tiwari · September 7, 2018 at 5:51 AM

music is a complete medicine ,it relives stress and gives energy to face upcoming tasks…i am a true music lover and really enjoyed reading this. #DelhibloggerReads #MyFriendAlexa

    knightofsteel · September 9, 2018 at 7:24 AM

    Thank you Preety. Music is multi faceted indeed :=

lorraineanne · September 8, 2018 at 1:45 AM

Hi this awesome I totally agree with you when you say music is therapy.. I find music helps me get through ruts and hard times. Thanks for sharing. If you have chance I would appreciate it if you could check out my music and art blog https://rawdumplings.wordpress.com thanks again!

    knightofsteel · September 9, 2018 at 7:12 AM

    Hey, thank you for the kind words. Id love to go through your blog. 🙂

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