Medical Mysteries of Music

Published on November 3rd, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Can Music Make You SICK? Apparently So

We’ve all know of–and perhaps benefited from–the healing properties of music. But can music make you sick? According to a new medical study out of the UK, the answer seems to be “yes.” From LimeLight magazine:

A major new study coming out of the UK suggests that although music is widely credited as a panacea for many of our mental woes, the same cannot be said for its effect on musicians themselves. Help Musicians UK, a leading charity supporting British music makers, has commissioned a survey of 2,211 practitioners and the results make for pretty uncomfortable reading.

This new research, conducted by a team from the University of Westminster, is entitled Music and Depression (MAD) and is the largest survey of its kind carried out in the UK to date. The most worrying statistic is that 68.5% of respondents reported that they had suffered from depression at some time in their career while 71.1% believed that they had experienced panic attacks or high levels of anxiety. That puts musicians a startling three times more likely to be depressed than members of the general public.

The survey also sought reasons for this level of mental ill-health within the industry, findings which should be of interest for both musicians and their managements.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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