Heard of “Gloomy Sunday”? If you haven’t you should know that this is the most depressing song ever released, it’s so sad that according to urban legend if you listen to it you may end up committing suicide. That’s why it’s known as the “Hungarian death song”, this shows you the power music can have over you.
The thing about depression is it’s not something that happens overnight, this means that it has stages. Generally, there are three stages of depression, it starts with denial, at this stage most people ignore the symptoms, if left for long enough it proceeds to stage two which is insomnia, at this stage you may lose your ability to think properly, meaning that there is a high chance you might make mistakes. In some cases, you may hallucinate visually or auditory, some people may attempt suicide at this stage.
If you get to the third stage of depression there is a high chance that you might harm yourself or the people around, this is because you will suffer from memory loss, schizophrenia and manic depression amongst many other mental problems.
What all this means is depression is dangerous, thus you have to deal with it. The first option is to go to your doctor and get antidepressants, but the problem with antidepressants is in some cases they may cause more problems e.g.:
- Sleep disturbance: you may have problems sleeping when on anti-depressants.
- Physical symptoms: you may experience diarrhea, skin rashes, muscle aches, headaches and joint pains.
- Sex: antidepressants can affect your sexual healthy in the long run.
- Weight gain: antidepressants can make you gain weight.
Is there a safe way to deal with depression?
The answer is Music therapy, the awesome thing about music therapy is it comes with very little or no side effects.
The first reason why you should consider music therapy to help you through depression is music helps you express your emotions, for instance, assume that you get dumped today. If you listen to an angry fun song such as Kelis “I hate you so much right now” or backstreet boys “incomplete” you will start to feel good about yourself. This is because you have somewhere to express the way you feel right now.
Music will keep you from getting lost in your own thoughts, thus you will confront the problem head on. If your child suffers from low self-esteem music therapy can help the child improve his/her interactive and communicative skills this will in effect reduce the symptoms of depression.
Note that music affects your blood circulation; this means that it can either speed it up or slow it down. For instance, a song like “I can’t feel my face” by the weekend will make you want to stand up and shake what your mama gave you. On the other hand listening to Mozart can help you lower your heart rate, thus relieve high blood pressure.
This means that music therapy can help you relax or it can get you excited.
Clinical evidence shows that music therapy is one of the most effective and safe ways to deal with depression in adults and children alike, therefore instead of reaching out for those antidepressants turn the music loud and enjoy the moment.