Music Therapy Is Legit

I am delighted to have attended the 2018 Music Therapy Conference at Capilano University. Not many people understand how we, music therapists, can assist clients through music therapy. Those who do not know of its essence laugh at our face and say, “Hey, you’re ripping us off!” But what is music therapy anyway? Can it help a person with his mental health?…

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Sia’s Chandelier Analysis

Before the hit song “Chandelier,” the name Sia was not known. She struggled in pushing her career specifically when her partner died in an accident. She turned to drugs, suffered depression and even planned to commit suicide. The use of drugs and alcohol was her escape. The song “Chandelier” was written during this tumultuous time…

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The Meaning Behind Rihanna’s Unfaithful 

Several songs can put down your souls and lift them up at the same time, and this song has that quality. The song “Unfaithful” is talking about a broken relationship where the girl is cheating on his guy even though she knows that the guy knows about this. In singing this song, Rihanna puts little voice cracks and high pitches that make it more dramatic. She did a fantastic job of interpreting the song. 

“We all know that both sexes are guilty of infidelity and that blame for a broken relationship is not the fault of a gender, but there are several aspects of male infidelity that are more attributable to men then women.” –Katrina Bilhimer, Ma, LMHC

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New Rules: Musical Review

 

“New Rules” by DuaLipa has been on the majority’s top 10 lists after it was released on August 2017 in the US. Before that, it was released in England as a single in July. It also boosts her career as a singer-composer and includes her in the most searched artist on Spotify. It talks about rules for those who had their breakups. 

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Julia Michaels’ Issues Review

At her very young age, Julia Michaels already wrote several songs for other artists. This includes “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, “Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld, and Ed Sheeran’s recently-released single “Dive.” It was in January of 2017 she released her first single as a signed solo artist under her name. 

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The Hidden Power Of Music

You will agree with me that everyone loves music regardless of race, color, age or gender. One can be observed playing music while driving a car, taking a bath, doing office work and even when sleeping. Music is such a common language that everyone can relate to but will depend on the personal preference of an individual on its genre, singer or words being portrayed by a song. Because of this, singers became one of the highest-paid professions in the world. Do we ask ourselves, “Why is everyone hooked to music?” Does it affect our life or just a plain vice that everyone tends to abuse?…

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Psychiatry: Myths About Substance Abuse Addiction

Substance addiction in any form is often difficult for the person, family, and friends. Everyone is trying to give advice and recommendation on how to curb the addiction. Some even go as far as attributing the addiction to supernatural causes, but these are done out of concern and good intention. However, like any other mental illness, addiction also harbors the right amount of myths that are widely believed by the general public. Here are some of the most common myths about substance abuse:  

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How A Particular Song Saved Me

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All of us have very different opinions as to how music affects us. However, for me, things are way a little closer to perfection. I always love music as a kid, and until now on my 20’s, I still make sure that I associate my everyday duties with the songs I like. But that is not going to be the topic of this article. Since a lot of people don’t know how music works in rough times, let me share how it changed my life. Because as Daniel J. Levitin, PhD used to say, “While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain.”

The Mental Health Battle

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Things in my life are pretty much standard. Honestly, I can’t complain because there is nothing to complain about either. I have my family that supports my small and huge life decisions. I hang out with good influence friends. Happy individuals in our community also surround me. With that, there is nothing I can elaborate more. However, though I get encircled with great people, I experienced a strange chill inside. I am not happy and contented with things. I once thought it was something usual because it sometimes goes away and then comes back and goes away again. I didn’t pay enough caution to the mental health side because I am entirely sure there is nothing to worry on the physical state. But then, I was wrong. I get diagnosed with major clinical depression, and it was worse. It is like what Lillian Harris LCPC-C used to explain when she wrote, “So much of mental health work is about giving people a space to be witnessed and held while sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly of human life.”

My mental illness got intense, and it tried to make me do things I know I am not supposed to do. I attempted to commit suicide. Note that “Not all people who have thoughts of suicide end up acting on those thoughts. But for those who do, generally there is deep emotional pain combined with a belief that things will never improve.” Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC said. And I consider myself part of that. I pretty much hate everything about life at that time. But then one particular moment, as I was in my room having thoughts on how to end my life, I heard a song. It was entitled “Welcome To My Life” by Simple Plan. The first few lines hit me hard, so I began listening to the whole song. The message was very devastating and relatable that I started crying. The song made me feel more helpless and unworthy. It made me realize that my life sucked. Due to the message it delivered to me, I listened to it again and again. I began to internalize and feel it more deeply. Of course, every line of it hurt my feelings over and over again. But it didn’t stop me because I felt happy emotionally hurting myself.

I Am Saved

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With all the frustrations I am having that moment, I suddenly came to reality. I noticed I no longer feel burdened by something. Is it because I cried my heart out? Well, it doesn’t matter. After one whole day of listening to that song, I realized one thing. My life should be in my control, and my mental illness shouldn’t mess with it. With that moment, I started listening to songs that are hurtful and damaging. And it is meaningful that it didn’t negatively affect me. Instead, listening to devastating music helped me understand the things I am going through with my life. It allows me to manage my emotions and work myself through emotional and mental healing. One thing I will never forget in this experience is to “Give yourself permission to do some serious emotional healing to become your happiest self and remember, it is a process more than a destination.” A reminder from Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

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Can Music Influence Your Life?

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Honestly, there are no right words that can describe music’s influence in all aspects of people’s lives. All of them feel the same way where they cannot think of anything they have done that does not associate with any particular song. Regardless of whether the current mood is sad and worried, or happy and cheerful, some genres cater to its individuality. The music describes the different experiences people go through in their career path, family and friends, romantic relationship, social interaction, and inner-self battle.

How People See It

Most of the times, people relate to music because they use it as an escape to reality. But “While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain.” That is according to Daniel J. Levitin, PhD. That is where any time people are in a bad mood; they create a new circle around them that represents their current emotions. Music becomes their fortress in keeping themselves sane and aware. It brings back people to themselves whenever they tend to forget how to respond to the harshness of the world.

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For some, music is an outlet. It is a tool that allows people to express themselves in any way. It is their method of showing that even the emotional and mental states can become visible in some form. That is the reason why even if music often starts as an art; it usually ends as a tool for self-expression. It caters people’s need in telling others about their thoughts and ideas, as well as how they genuinely feel.

In some unfortunate cases, music is the people’s road to healing. “It is a healing process that allows people to not only start feeling better but gain insight, awareness, and ultimately begin trusting their intuition and experience.”  Dr. Mitch Keil, a clinical psychologist said. The creation and composition of its lyrics, rhythm, tempo, and beat significantly change people’s mindfulness. There are times that it takes individuals in a journey where a complete association of truth and reality collide. Music helps people see without looking and hear without listening.

Some individuals find music as a source of their energy booster. Music is their life’s turn-on button. These individuals cannot live and function without it. Some of these people listen to music anywhere and anytime. That includes when driving, taking a shower, exercising, doing household chores, and so on.

With all the different genres nowadays, people can have their favorite. There is mellow, rock, alternative, jazz, pop, instrumental, etc. Due to its broad category, it reaches and influences a lot of individuals. It makes them enjoy music even more. Because not only they get to learn things about their specific choice, they can also have a chance to understand other types of music as well.

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Another influence of music on people’s lives is its potential to bring them all together. Music has the power to create a single goal for every individual. It unites people. It allows understanding with the help of its clear message in its every lyric. People see it as an instrument of peace and harmony.

Every individual can agree that music impacts their lives. “Music has such a large impact on our lives! It crosses cultures, age groups and has an effect on everyone. It can make you smile, dance, sing, cry, instantly recall memories like they were yesterday and process emotion.”  Abigail Saneholtz, Psy.D said. Yes, it might be in different ways. Depending on the mood and situation, the music fits perfectly in every one of them.…

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