Psychiatric Settings

 

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Individuals who struggle with psychological diagnoses vary as much as the disorders themselves.  Things like depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, paranoia, and other conditions do not discriminate based on race, religion, or gender and they can affect anyone.  Music is a non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive method of addressing symptoms, and it provides a resource for how to cope with or manage them.  Being diagnosed with a serious psychological disorder can have a major impact on self-esteem, and self-image; music is the great equalizer.  Music does not care if you are ill, and it is accessible no matter what your struggle may be.  Lyric analysis and song-writing are some of the tools that Music Therapists use in these settings to help their clients explore things like social stigma, self-image, and their illness.  Music can express anger, sadness, confusion, frustration, joy, and anything else.  It is sometimes easier to bang your feelings out on a drum than to talk about them, and it is certainly more healthy to turn to music than to turn your negative emotions against those around you.