Why Musicians Suffer Depression

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Musicians are more likely to experience depression than most people. Susan Biali Haas, MD, shares that “creatives are at higher risk for mental illness (I can vouch for that personally) and according to Andreasen it at least partially stems from “a problem with filtering or gating the many stimuli that flow into the brain.” For this reason some writers, myself included, organize their lives in order to be isolated from human contact for long blocks of time.”

We have even heard about famous people who took their lives because they suffered this mental health condition. It may be hard to believe because some of these people were successful in their craft, and whatever happened to “let the music heal your soul?” We may never know and understand their reason, but we can still make a difference in the lives of those who are continuing to create great music. First, let us identify the possible causes of depression. They can be either physical or psychological. Read More