Music and Mental Health: Finale
- December 26, 2018
Although it is true that many composers and musicians, those long gone and those still alive and thriving today, have been known to face a variety of mental health issues, this is not unique to just the realm of music. There seems to be a link between creativity in general and mental health. Artists of the written word, spoken word, and visual world also seem to face many of the same difficulties as those within the world of music. Whether mental illness causes creativity, or if it is simply that those with mental illness are drawn to creative fields is still greatly debated, however there is some evidence that those with mental illness do have potential for greater creative capacities. From depression to anxiety, bipolar disorder to schizophrenia, substance abuse to insomnia, eating disorders to suicide, dissociative identity disorder to obsessive compulsive disorder, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, many greats who people often look up to have experienced challenges just like the rest of us.
If ever in need of someone to idolize who may understand the struggles you go through, here are a few of many well known artists who have faced difficulties of their own: J.K. Rowling, Howard Hughes, Vincent Van Gogh, Pete Wentz, Michaelangelo, Hugh Laurie, Elton John, Halle Berry, Miley Cyrus, Angelina Jolie, Heath Ledger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Demi Lovato, Robin Williams, Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath, Gustav Mahler, Akira Kurosawa, Beyonce Knowles, John Keats, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Gauguin, Stephen Fry, William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Leonard Cohen, Kurt Cobain, Samuel Clemens, Agatha Christie, William Blake, Robert Burton, Hans Christian Andersen, and Woody Allen. If in need of someone more immediate to converse with who is also able to understand where you may be coming from, there’s a blog, a calling hotline, and a texting hotline, all available 24/7.
Although this blog has been shorter than the rest, this is where I must leave you. Remember, we must continue to talk about mental health and whatever struggles we may face. Most importantly, remember, there is always someone who cares and who understands.
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