Working On Us – Week 9 – Music Therapy

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Working On Us – Week 9 – Music Therapy

Beckie’s Mental Mess Weekly Prompt

Guidelines

Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.

There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything).

You can do one or all prompts.

You have from July 31st. through to August 6th. to submit your entries.

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( If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post).

Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this week’s prompts, your viewpoint/feelings are validated here too!

Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site!

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Prompt #1 Questions:

Have you ever received music therapy as part of your treatment?  If so, what kind of music was introduced to you?

In 2004 l attended a series of musical therapy appointments for my then recent Bipolar diagnosis. l had six appointments booked in a block, but only attended twice. I understand what it is supposed to do, but that didn’t curb levels of my stress or my anxiety at the time. I was constantly told to slow down my mind, which was very hard to do, and l found myself repeatedly bored out of my skull and falling asleep. Of course 4 years later l would be diagnosed with Asperger’s which explained the constant state of perplexity my mind required in terms of stimulation and one of the reasons l have always struggled to slow down my mind.

In the end, l walked away a happier person not because of the therapy, but simply, because l knew the benefits as was, and have used music to reduce my anxiety and stress over the years. I used to when in the caravan and the daily stress levels there leave my music on a 5 hour play on cycle and so l was always falling asleep to music.

At the appointments, they expected me to join into social singing circles, play instruments and so on, listen to soothing music and that just wasn’t  my bag at all. If l want to sing, l’ll sing by myself, if l want to listen to music l will do so at my pace and as for instruments?? Seriously? Oh no, that’s not happening.

Do you listen to music (if/when) you meditate?  If so, what kind of music do you listen to?

I don’t meditate, it’s never worked for me, and l have tried very hard to perform this equally as much as l have attended classes to achieve this. But that’s not saying that l don’t have my own form of meditative relaxants in my life as l do – however for me to quiet my brain, l keep it busy and l keep it stimulated and l achieve that by listening to loud trance/rave music.

If you have never tried music therapy as a treatment, what types of music calm and/or mellow you?

Music with a progressive beat and tempo. But for me ‘Trance Music’ which l am listening to now as l write this post incorporates a lot of other musical genres and arenas such as rave, house, generalised pop, classical, chill out, ambience and tech house. Many say of course it is very repetitive, and they would be totally correct, but for many on the spectrum it is indeed this repetition that calms us in the first place.

Do you believe music helps everyone and there is really no use for therapy in this regard?

Music does help everyone, but everyone is intrinsically different individually and therefore their tastes and musical inclinations will be very different to the next person along. If therapy wasn’t group, perhaps it would have worked with me, who knows – however it was group and that turned me off completely. If the therapy had been a bit more understanding from a bespoke tailoring point of view it may have worked, but it didn’t. Everyone is different.

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Prompt #2 Music Selection:

Select 2 music videos that help you and your mental stability when you listen to it.  Also, describe how those songs make you feel?

This is the one l am currently listening to and the second one l pressed play on this morning. I am in my new office which is still not 100% functional, however despite that, when l listen to my personal choices of music, l can chill out, think, relax and write all at once. There is sufficient stimulation here to keep my brain pumping on a creative level.

But l might listen to something like this for purely creativity in poetry or thinking through and introducing new ideas.

13 thoughts on “Working On Us – Week 9 – Music Therapy

  1. I’m totally loving these bright yellow borders.

    Ben likes repetitive sounds too. He’s a “sensory seeking” little guy. He tends more towards upbeat sounds when he doing his thang. When he’s winding down (ha) after his evening meds he likes to watch “making” videos with a soothing, repetitive soundtrack.

    1. Hey Grandma, many thanks – yes l love the vibrancy of the yellows, l was tiring of the all black, it was depressing 🙂

      Yes, l can imagine for Ben, the wind down has to be gentler 🙂

  2. Rory, I am thrilled to pieces that you participated in this week #9 of “Working on Us” – Your insight is incredible! I’m so happy you brought up that the music therapy was initially to help with bipolar, but how it didn’t quite help because of finding out you has Aspergers. My goodness, that must have been very frustrating.
    However, just by listening to the following music videos you posted here, I can see where this is very helpful. I’m loving it, to be honest with you. I have save both of them to my library, that’s how much I enjoy them! Thank you for that!!!
    Again, I am soooooo Happy you joined us this week!!! Thank you!!!! 🎶💚

    1. Hey Beckie, Happy Hump Day to you 🙂

      My pleasure, l am slowly gaining momentum again with my reading and catching up with the various blogs l am behind with and the prompts.

      My pleasure, l will try and make it a regular visit 🙂

      1. I’m like you… I’m so behind as well. I need a solid day to play catch up. 😊
        You are always welcomed to join anytime! It was a real treat to have you share your experience.
        Oh… Happy Hump Day to you as well!!! 🐫

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