Bipolar And Music Therapy

We often hear about cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, but music as therapy? It’s so obvious to me now! Awe, tunes to change your mood.

The other day I saw my case manager and was pouring my heart out. I’ve been bouncing between hypomania and mania. She told me if my small projects (like watercolors and pastels) aren’t helping me focus enough to try listening to music.

I never thought of music to change or stabilize my mood. What an awesome thought!

I went home and plugged in my ear buds, and started listening to music. Within an hour I found myself singing, and dancing like a foul! Luckily, no one but me was home.

I found myself feeling elated but not overly stimulated. I thought to myself, what a great way to help combat depression too! Since then I’ve added lots more music to my library. I’ve got 70’s, 80’s, pop music, rap music, and country music all in my library.

Yes, I have an eclectic ear!

I started creating playlists to suit my many moods. Mind you, it’s not a supplement for regular therapy but its sure is a good form of self-therapy! The import aspect to music is to fuel a good mood, not fuel a bad mood.

I think it’s easier to fuel a sour mood as oppose to feed a good one. But if given a bit of time you can train yourself to want to lists to upbeat music!

The dancing and singing are the added bonus!




Living with type 1 bipolar disorder, PTSD (due to childhood trauma), Rapid Cycling, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Writing about my life experiences.

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