“I've found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow.” - Bryce W. Anderson
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.