Depression & Music Loving Teens?

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Depression & Music Loving Teens?
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Tue, 04-12-2011 - 3:58pm

This is an interesting article about teens who listen to an excessive amount of music could be at a higher risk of depression:

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Thu, 04-14-2011 - 8:10am

I do know music can both reflect our mood as well as change our mood. After reading an article about USING music to change a bad or sad mood, It said to start with music that matched your mood and slowly segue into brighter, happier music. I followed the advice and first put together a tape for me to listen to that started out with subdued, kind of sad music and each subsequent piece was brighter and livelier. I found it great for doing housework - more cheerful as I worked.

One thing I did for my older daughter was put together recordings in a certain sequence for her when she was hyper - bouncing off the walls. It started with hyper music and she would bounce around, clean her room and such, and then the music slowly got calmer (still happy, but calmer) and she DID get calmer... could do homework, go to bed - things like that. At night she had relaxation tapes because she sometimes had a problem falling asleep.

So I have several different thoughts. One is the TYPE of music may matter. If those teens walked around listening to lively Mozart or Bach - would they still be depressed (assuming the depression was just a fleeting emotional thing - not the severe biological depression that has nothing to do with music)?

Another thought I have is that while walking and gardening I started listening to an MP3 player having a crash course in language. After a while I realized I was desperate for my OWN thoughts. I missed the quiet in which I could THINK. I wondered about all the young adults I see walking around plugged in - they cannot hear themselves - or did they learn to hear the songs and still be introspective - mull things over? I used to solve problem without even meaning to, in places like the shower and out for a walk or gardening. Where is the QUIET?


www. It's Not Mental .com


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Fri, 04-15-2011 - 2:04pm