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I'm interested in whether music makes mental health issues better or worse, what do others think? Some have told me that if it wasn't for music, they would have struggled to exist in society. They either can't plug into the 9 - 5 norm at all or wouldn't be able to do it without music. I've also known some people to become quite depressed about their music if they don't "make it" or if it doesn't sound the way they want it to, yet they can't let it go and they spiral downwards.

Some people have told me that I might have ADHD but I think the problem is, they just don't underst... oh look! There's a Squirrel!

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I'm going to be the first to answer, but I'm going to give it a big "depends."

There have been several studies that show certain types of music (e.g., Classical, Spiritual, upbeat, etc.) have a positive effect on mood while others (e.g., Death Metal, Doom, etc.) can have a negative effect.  Naturally, some of these studies were done using plants (which obviously didn't grow up with Rock and Roll), so your mileage may vary.

Personally, I like a LOT of genres and I'm generally an upbeat guy because of them, but too much Country and most Rap (or anyone puking into the microphone) makes me want to start a killing spree.

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Music is actually supposed to stimulate the brain, especially playing a musical instrument.  It's one of the recommended deterrence to Alzheimer's.   

Doing drugs may be the issue.  

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I've seen some research that tries to indicate that when A was set to 432 Hz that all the tones resonated positively with the body (it just "feels" better).  440 Hz is said to not match well with the body's native frequencies and therefore causes some unease and encourages anti-social behavior.  Some even go so far as to imply that the new standard can be used to program people.

So, how did 440 Hz become the standard?  Although other countries promoted it earlier, it was chosen in the U.S. in 1935 with the funding and persuasion of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Rothschilds (not like those names haven't been connected with other conspiracies, ya?).

As if all this wasn't bad enough, we now have Kanye West... (Aiiiiii!!!!) 

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listening to Kanye West music creates my mental health issues

If I listen more than 3 seconds I go into uncontrollable fits of yelling "MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP!"

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9 minutes ago, bayoubill said:

listening to Kanye West music creates my mental health issues

If I listen more than 3 seconds I go into uncontrollable fits of yelling "MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP!"

Wow, you last 3-times longer then me 😆

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Which reminds me 

is listening to by Bolero by  Ravel  while looking at my photos of guitars in bikinis considered weird ? Ore is it weird because of what I Am doing while listening to Bolero and looking at guitars in bikinis 

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1 hour ago, bayoubill said:

Which reminds me 

is listening to by Bolero by  Ravel  while looking at my photos of guitars in bikinis considered weird ? Ore is it weird because of what I Am doing while listening to Bolero and looking at guitars in bikinis 

Hey as long as you do it in Las Vegas it shall be deemed acceptable. 🤣

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I’ve been around musicians my whole life. Mentally health issues are common. I think it’s important to have a routine, be organized, even if it’s not in your nature. Having a family and positive relationships is a must. Don’t fall for the “romantic” stereotypes of the romantic artist. Being a musician is about dealing with chaos. You need order to balance it out.

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Some people are able to get a grip on reality, some aren't. I don't think that there is any more to it than that. 

#blametheparents

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I've been a pro musician since I graduated school (actually even before that). I'm happily insane. I know I'm weird. I'm not normal. But I believe that I'm OK and the rest of the world is off. :D

Insights and incites by Notes

 

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3 hours ago, paulo said:

Some people are able to get a grip on reality, some aren't. I don't think that there is any more to it than that. 

#blametheparents

Dang I'm more than a little bit concerned . You are starting to make a lot of sense 😎

Kenny

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14 hours ago, bayoubill said:

Wow we share the same ...... everything 

are we the norm?

Norm? I'm Bob, and you are Bill. Who is the Norm guy anyway?

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I think music itself is soothing. 

I love having a way to express without words.

I don't think having an outlet for expression by itself assures mental health, but it does seem to promote it.

I think when you consider music as a profession and ask the mental health question, there are too many variables to show anything meaningful. Like, who is drawn to it as a profession. How often is it a profession of last resort? What are the weird pressures applied on musicians by how the money in the industry is choked to flow this way and that. How much impact does living around alcohol soaked people have on your life? Spending nights in bars? Getting paid in liquor?

But then, most musicians I know have a better social life than non-musicians in my experience. That can be another mental health booster.

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23 minutes ago, Notes_Norton said:

Norm? I'm Bob, and you are Bill. Who is the Norm guy anyway?

Sitting at the bar having multiple drinks :D

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Bill norm

Bob norm

Ed norm

Bapu norm

craig norm

Gswitz norm

mesh norm

Strummy norm

Notes  norm

kenny norm 

paulo norm

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20 hours ago, kennywtelejazz said:

Dang I'm more than a little bit concerned . You are starting to make a lot of sense 😎

Kenny

I know, right?

😏

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