Understanding Music and Mental Health – pre-cursor

Okay people, I know there aren’t many of you following this blog but if you have the time I’d like to ask you a question or two. Recently my daughter got into a discussion with a friend over whether or not depressed people should listen to “depressing” music. Now, personally I find it can have a cathartic affect of helping me vent my emotions so I’m all for it, if it helps. Said friend swore that his mum (a counsellor I believe) said it would make you more depressed. This has obviously sparked my interest into what the effects are of music on mental health, and how our mental health can affect our tastes in music. Now I know what kids are like and how they hear half a sentence and run with it, so she may not have actually said that, that said I’m now researching papers and journals to see what the relationship between music and emotion is so here are my questions.

  1. Do you have a preference for a specific type of music?
  2. Is this affected by your mood?
  3. If yes, what types of music do you choose to go with happiness, anger and depression?
  4. Have you ever taken part in music therapy?
  5. Did it help you in any way?

That’s it. This is not an official study, so I won’t be collecting and analysing your responses or anything, this is a matter of curiosity at most.

Published by Michelle Quinton

Mum, wife, perpetual student, freelance writer, weight loss coach, artist and occasionally model. I love to try new things, I love to write and I love studying and researching. Never thought I'd see the day that studying became something I enjoyed, but here we are. My blog is where I put my thoughts, I also plan to start a blog of short stories, with a new prompt for each story.

One thought on “Understanding Music and Mental Health – pre-cursor

  1. Music is how I feel things, it’s how I celebrate or grieve. I put on music happy or sad depending on the mood and I sing it so loud my neighbours can hear and I often cry. But it’s how I deal with things. Otherwise it would be bottled up because I can’t talk to people. Music to me has the same sort of renewing feeling that going to church has for some people.

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