The more you listen to music, the more depressed you are.

The more you listen to music, the more depressed you are.
There are studies saying that people who loves listening to music has a higher tendency to have a Major Depressive Disorder when compared to people who are into books, movies and other things. On the other hand, some studies say that music plays a large role in coping up with depression. There are no solid proofs about these statements but let me know your thoughts about this.


Listening to soft or love music is nice when you are in love no problems or suffering from broken relationship. But when you are lonely or broken hearted and you listen to music you can relate sad songs and will make you cry and depress. You will feel self pity. I guess it’s better to read books or see movies. Listening to sad music in a group and talking about sad things tend to make people feel more depressed
Posted by honeybabe on 09-16-2017
I agree that when you are depressed or lonely you should not listen to music especially to old music that can remind you of the past. Broken-hearted people need to socialize and mingle with people. Music is not for them because they will only be depressed because the effect of music is emotional. But it’s nice to listen to music when you are happy or normal because it helps you relax your mind.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-18-2018
It depends on the kind of music that people listen to. If you listen to cool and good christain music then you cannot just suffer from depression easily.
Posted by babyright on 09-16-2017
Yep, exactly my thoughts! It has never happened to me before and I listen to music for hours every single day. Not once did I get sad or depressed by lively, happy music. As the thread starter said, there is no solid proof about this because I doubt that it's true :) just listen to happy music and feel good!
Posted by Mehano on 09-16-2017
There are different kinds of music . There are upbeat musics that for me helps me forget my problems by jamming . There are calm music the one which is very inspirational with on the point emotions , you somehow feel better. But i don't listen to music that conveyed the exact emotion i have at the moment that made me depressed cause that will make the situation worse.
Posted by PLScloni on 09-16-2017
Well it really depends on the lyrics of the songs you are listening to. If you are down and you chose to listen to emo songs with lyrics about hopelessness and depression, chances are you will end hanging your self. Music has the power to motivate and influence someone thus, I prefer listening to songs with motivational and meaningful lyrics.
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 09-16-2017
Definitely most of the lyrics in the song will influence your emotion if you listen to it when you are in the state of depression . But it depends to rhythm or medley of the song if it will affect you or not.
Posted by rogel on 09-16-2017
I think it depends on what genres you are listening to because some genres have sad songs and sad lyrics. So this is why i think the music can cause depression. But if someone is listening to some non-depressive music genre everything should be alright.
Posted by AlexJPro on 09-16-2017
Scientists and some weird findings, I just read this for the first time.I thought music was to help one relax and relieve stress.Well, music doesn't depress me, it even helps to liven me I might disagree with this findings
Posted by lovely on 09-16-2017
I think that this is a far too general statement. It depends on the type of music you're listening to, the specific songs and of course, your own mood. If I'm in a happy mood listening to pump up songs full of energy then I don't see how or why I'd start feeling depressed due to it. it doesn't make sense or seems logical. But then if you're already sad and listening to sad songs obviously you will feel even sadder... that doesn't apply to just music though, we can say that same about watching sad movies.
Posted by Mehano on 09-16-2017
I tend to agree with you here; although, I totally understand where the forum poster is coming from. There are songs I once listened to with my ex, and still, to this day, when I hear them or a part of one of them, I almost break down and cry, and I definitely feel pain. However, I have new songs in my life, and old songs which I look at differently now, and these songs bring me joy and deliverance from sadness quite often.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-19-2017
I'm a lover of music and enjoys listening to different genres of songs from reggae to hip-hop to Afrobeat and blues and I must confess that listening to music have lifted my spirit countless times when I felt depressed. So, your assumption, or should I say analysis that music co tributes to cases of depression are something that I don't agree with you. Depression, in my definition, is a feeling of being lonely and dejected in a way and to say that listening to music heightens that is quite incredible. Probably there are certain songs that you're talking about, but on a general note, music does not cause depression in any way.
Posted by Barida on 09-16-2017
We have something in common in terms of genre and how we use music to recover from being depressed. I don't see music as stressor that will aggravate the emotion I felt yet I used to listem music to relax my self. If you know that you are depressed it is your choice if you want to listen soft music or you want something that is enjoyable.
Posted by rogel on 09-16-2017
I totally disagree with this assertion, I would even argue that it's those without music in their lives that gets depressed in handling their troubles. I don't appreciate it when someone isn't a fan of something, he or she would find a way or another to ridicule such endeavor.

It's not a must that everyone would be a music lovers, not really that would be completely impossible and as such, those who aren't fan of it shouldn't be looking for ways to says bad about it.

Personally, music is my life without it, I don't think life would be any fun for me. I enjoy listening to it in all that I do, be it in audio or video form, anyone is definitely appealing to me.
Posted by Heatman on 09-16-2017
I am with you on this one as well! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and relationship with music. I would not turn my back on it ever--it is a part of me, so I don't think that I could if I tried. I also think that music has, throughout history, been one of the most amazing ways for mankind to express itself and to rise to higher levels of consciousness. In many ways, one could consider mankind's music one of his highest accomplishments. Music expresses all of our emotions, the full spectrum, not just sadness or negativity or heartbreak.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-17-2017
It actually depends on the type of music that you willbe listening to. Of course , when one is heart broken, love songs will depress him more. I actually sometimes don't like listening to love songs that are about being cheated or a failed relationship. It makes me sad and think of couples who are divorcing and separating.
I listen instead to Happy music , those tha can make me tap my feet while I am working at the office. It really makes me happy and in good mood.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-16-2017
I am going to have to look up these studies because I haven't heard this theory yet. Could they not be linked because people who suffer from depression often turn to music as a form of comfort? It may not be the music causing it but rather them being already depressed. I can see the relation though. I remember when I was suffering deeply from depression, I felt like music was one of the only places I could find comfort. Problem was that I was listening to depressing music which I related to on an emotional level at the time, and looking back at it now I feel as if it were like pouring gasoline on an open flame. I still listen to music, but much different genres now, and I don't feel nearly as depressed as I once was.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-16-2017
I would very much like to know in what aspects these studies are being based, because according to them... Would I be a manic depressive? I'm completely addicted to music and thank God I've never had any kind of problem because of it. Music (depending on the type, of course) can potentiate a problem you may already have, but it won't create anything bad in you.
Posted by wiseagent on 09-16-2017
In my opinion it depends of the person who is listening to the music because for me if I listen to music its either I am sad or happy it keeps me going. And also listening to songs that you love can also make you relax and enjoy the moment. But maybe some people who are really depress is turning to there music to listen and keep them inspired that's a great help for thwm .
Posted by tophew on 09-16-2017
That is true about the people who listen to music are people who consider music as source of their recovery from depression. But if they will consider music that it will increase their depression it is always depend on the person.
Posted by rogel on 09-16-2017
I have found out that people listen to music only when they are happy or they are depressed. I think that being said, depression has some triggers. And if people tend to listen to music when they are depressed. Then that set of music becomes triggers for the next time when the depression comes. So it can be a process where people have their set of the ups and down for the depression. That's for sure.
Posted by overcast on 09-16-2017
I think it depends on your mood and the type of music you listen to. And it also depends on your personality. I experience the time of being depress or broken hearted, i never cried. But when i listen to music and find something that i can relate to, I cried and it makes me release the pain that i really feel. But i don't think it makes me more depress, i think it helps me release the pain and start to move on. Maybe others have that personality of feeling more depress when they hear songs they can relate to, so i really think it depends on your personality and way of thinking.
Posted by zheh on 09-16-2017
I also agree with you, not all music would fit to your mood. perhaps not all people can easily change mood in the same thing of cooling a hot water. It takes a lot of time adapt our way of feelings towards music. When we are sad and listen to the music which is happy, it does not make us happy instead we look forward to the music seems fit to our moods. This is also the factor why we choose music at different level of despair. Some people don't choose happy music, because it would only make them more unhappy while they feel sad, and listening to a happy musics. Humans is so complex regarding to the facts about everything including hearing adaptations.

Most of all, I think it will depend on us, how we encourage ourselves into higher perspective of adaptations, especially the factor that music helps us to ease our mood in depression. I don't really recommend to listen sad music when you feel depress, and you think about to suicide.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 09-16-2017
I disagree, I think this depends on the mood you have when you listen to music. If I am depressed and I listen to sad music that is a problem, yes, but If I am happy and enjoy life and I listen to rock or pop music this makes me happier, not sad. It also depends on what kind of person you are and what character you have, if a song can put you down then you are in a serious trouble.
Posted by wallet on 09-16-2017
I don't feel that is particularly true at all. Of course, if you just say depressing music makes people more depressed then that makes sense since it more than likely is true depending on how easily swayed the person is. Music has helped me cope with depression in the darker part of my life. So it entirely dependent on the person rather than it being a fact set in stone. I myself am a metal head and there is a mass lack of depression induced by my music.
Posted by AlexHarris on 09-16-2017
If you listen to depressing music you will likely become depressed,but if you listen to happy music I think the opposite is true. It is just one of the things that you might find when you start listening to music. It is just one of the things that is going to happen. I try to listen to music that is a bit more uptempo so that it has an energizing and happy effects. These are the things that you can find when you listen to music.
Posted by kgord on 09-16-2017
Music is the food of the soul. It keeps a person's mind calm and relax. And I think, if you are always listening to music, it doesn't really mean that you are stressed or depressed. Maybe, people just want to listen to it because that want to keep calm and relaxed for the rest of the day.
Posted by Anonymous on 09-16-2017
I really love listening to music. It makes me feel relax and feel contented of what I have. When you're not in a good mood, then better not to listen a sad song that would make you feel more uncomfortable.
Posted by Anonymous on 09-16-2017
I believed music is food, for the soul. Because all people claimed it was to be. People always experienced it, as an alternative way of expressing stress by listening good music. Many people have different way of relaxing music such, as Christian musics. It feels more people to be more relax than other toxic people, because that is the way to relax their mind, and Christian provide more descent way of musics. People agree with me about this, it has always to be Christian music is the best way of listening to. Another factor Christian music can give is that, meditation. Meditation is another factor to relax our mind from stress, and by music it enhance our way of thinking of peace into meaningful.

Environment is another key factor why we are so stress. Because when ever I experienced bad environment and unhappy people. I tend to absorb by their level of stress. This is why I prefer to go silent place, as making my mind into peaceful mind at the same time listening good music.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 09-16-2017
I tend to disagree with this. I often listen to music to help me feel better. Sure there are some songs that are depressing or make me feel sad, but you can always find something up beat to listen to. I listen to music on my way to work and home from work. On the way to work, I feel that it helps me prepare for my day. And on the way home from work, it helps me unwind and gets me ready to get home to relax and spend quality time with my family.
Posted by angie828 on 09-16-2017
I don't think listening to music will make you depressed. I believe (have always experienced) listening to the music will always make you feel good. They say Gloomy Sunday is a killer music, the song has killed many people. When you are sad, and listen to sad songs, it will surely depress you, however, when you are sad and you are tuned to dancing music, your sadness will be gone.
Posted by vinaya on 09-16-2017
rose thornes
I agree. If your sad and you listen to sad music you mostly likely to feel depressed but if you listen to lively music it will lift up your mood. It all depends on the music you listen to.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-18-2017
I thought the exact opposite. When I listen to music, it makes me a lot happier and more cheerful especially when you listen to songs that you love because you can sing along to it (at least in your head if there are people around lol). Like someone said above, listening to music will always make you feel much better as long as the music you are listening to is good and not some depressing stuff. If you decide to listen to some sad songs then obviously you will become a lot more depressed.
Posted by kingcool52 on 09-16-2017
Personally, I think that there are two approaches to this. If you are a depressed person by nature and you listen to depressive songs then no doubt you'll be more depressed as a result. Still, If you are depressed and listen to music to cheer you up then I guess you will inevitably be better
Posted by Marvadaum on 09-16-2017
This is the first time I read this. I have never thought that listening to a lot of music could mean that you are depressed. Anyway, I don't think this is true, music can help you to deal with stuff and situations, not in the meaning that it will solve your problems magically but at least it helps you to chill and disconnect your mind. We all need our moments to be relaxed and music can help a lot with that. I like to listen music often and sing along to my favorite songs, and I don't think it makes me depressed at all.
Posted by felabruno on 09-16-2017
I guess there are some songs that can make me pretty sad, especially if they remind me of a past relationship or someone who has died or left my life who I associated the song with. However, in times like this, I try to just avoid those songs and to listen to music that takes my mind off of things or that is upbeat and energetic and positive for me. Music has mostly been a source of joy and expression in my life, and it has actually helped to get me through some pretty terrible things. If music were to disappear from my life altogether, it would leave such a black hole sized void--now, that would be depressing.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-16-2017
Many people enjoy music and they are not depressed. Sure people may listen to music that speaks to them when they are going through tough times in their lives but there is also happy music and music that makes you feel good. Not all music is depressing or sad and not all people who listen to it are depressed or sad. There are many songs and many genres. Even if you do listen to sad music it doesn't mean you are depressed. You could just simply like the song or the artist.
Posted by Sue on 09-16-2017
I would think that music relaxes people rather than stress them out. Music usually comes from a happy place or a place where a natural release of energy and emotions is displayed and related to. With this consideration I doubt music would stress out people. Many young people listen to music as a stress relief and people in general relate to the nature of a piece of music as a coping mechanism for whatever they are going through or they listen just for fun. That's why music is played at parties and celebrations and it's still very big on the entertainment side of life because it's rather a stress release mechanism for many. We all have favorite songs and even favorite moments, some of which we remember as a result of the music that was played at the time or even a music that comes to mind as a result of an experience that we had. Without a doubt music is a stress reliever for many.
Posted by Joteque on 09-17-2017
Not at all. I usually listen to music when I am down or depressed. Specially hill songs. It makes me comfort and relaxed the way I listen to its lyrics. Every lyrics comforts me and even the intonation touches my heart. I love listening music when I feel down, because some hill songs music contains verses that are helpful.
Posted by Jenien on 09-17-2017
Your emotion will depend on your mood and the kind of music that you are listening to. Most dance music can lift the spirit especially when the listener moves with the beat like the drumming fingers or the stomping foot. But when you feel melancholic and you listen to old love songs, it's more likely that you will feel sadder.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-17-2017
Well the music is a means to get happier from inside . There is no such thing that it eats depression though. As the music one might be listening could be a sad song and that can't help in reducing depression. I listen to every kind of music but POP and Qawali are my favorite.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 09-17-2017
It really depends on the genre of the music you are listening to. If you keep listening to heart breaking love song, you are bound to reach the depressing stage of mood even though you are in the good mood. I listen to Korean OST when I watch the drama. I do not stick to a band or group . I prefer to listen to assorted classic or ballads instead.
Posted by peachpurple on 09-17-2017
I am depressed and I do listen to a lot of music, but I am still highly doubtful that is the case for everyone. Although, I guess there can be some truth to that or at least just a little bit of correlation, since if you are depressed then you probably are more likely to turn to music for some relief. However, I don't think that it is that much different from turning to movies as an escape, nor do I think that this is cause for belief that the cause of depression is listening to lots of music.
Posted by Wubwub on 09-17-2017
If you are depressed and you are listening to sad songs, of course, you will be more depressed. If you are depressed and you listen to happy songs then it will help you to be cheerful. Music is very intoxicating so chose the kind of music you listen to.
Posted by Scarlet on 09-18-2017
rose thornes
It depends with what kind of music your listening to. Music is so powerful that it can lift your mood or make it worst and making you feel depressed. If your heartbroken and you listen to the mellow song it will make you more sad and sometimes the lyrics of the song talks about your experience and how you feel that make you feel depressed. If your sad its better to listen lively music it can lighten your mood and get you up to the bear.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-18-2017
I guess if you're playing sad songs over and over, it might increase depression. If you listen to upbeat stuff, I don't see how it would. I think we have all drowned our sorrows in sad love songs as teens, but as I got older, I preferred listening to more uplifting music. It puts a spring in your step, makes you want to sing and dance. I don't see how that could be depressing.
Posted by Zyni on 09-18-2017
I guess some music can be depressing but not all music. When I am cleaning house I always put on upbeat music to put me in a good mood and get me moving. Sometime when I hear a certain song it makes me very happy because I can associate the song to a good memory. If the music you are listening to is depressing you, just change the station!
Posted by BigDreamer on 09-18-2017
I think depression can cause someone to listen to more music, instead of doing other activities. Personally, a lot of my friends who are really into music have struggled with depression but I think that might be a coincidence. There might be some correlation between music and depression but I don't think there's actually causation.
Posted by anna on 09-18-2017
Can't place the scripture quote but the Bible teaches that music is good for the heart. I am more inclined NOT to believe the studies that say there is “a higher tendency to have a Major Depressive Disorder”. That just doesn't make any sense to me. When you think of it, you can hear the sounds of music in various aspects of everyday life. From birds singing to a dripping water faucet. My goodness! There's music everywhere. If the studies are true, seems like everybody on earth should be majorly depressed! FACT: Music can help heal a broken heart, soothe or comfort a troubled mind, and make a happy spirit even happier.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 09-19-2017
Not really true but it can be true and they are so many factors can affect that. Because I can remember when I was depressed and I wanted to cry out my heart and the best way to that was to look for emotional songs that have mind aching lyrics it's just makes me fill more sad and depressed. While some music lift up my spirit.
Posted by Authord on 09-21-2017
I agree with cmoneyspinner that music is (or can be) good for the soul. Again, it just depends on the type of music (and frame of mind). I love to sing along with various types of music, and it always puts me in a good mood.

Many songs do trigger good memories as well. If it triggers sad memories, try listening to something else.
Posted by Zyni on 09-21-2017
I'm not agree. To me, it's not about the music take you to depression or get you out of it, rather I think, there are some songs with lyrics that can keep us very linked to some emotions and they can make us more sensitive to certain situations. Also, there is some melodies that can make us feel similar, but there is something good in this (there is a light in the darkness). There are some lyrics that can be helpful for us, lyrics that can help us to see the life from another perspective, a positive, faithful and hopeful perspective. The thing is that it's the matter of choosing well the song, a song that can help us get over those bad situations.
Posted by cubo on 09-28-2017
I don't get depressed at all when I listen to music. Music helps both when you are depressed and when you are happy. Music comes with lots of inspirations and ornaments which are enjoyed together at the same time. It makes you feel optimistic and gets you carried away no matter how serious your situation might be. Music has gone a long way that without it, there's no life. I don't get sad when I listen to music. Rather, I find myself in a new world entirely and get the happiness I need at the moment of playing it. Sometimes in life, you may have issues that border you, but can really get some comfort by playing and listening to music.
Posted by potentialwriter on 10-01-2017
Music aside from arts can be considered as an expression of the soul. Emotions and music are two (2) abstract words which are intertwined with each other. These are linked through what they call "emotion"- which innate and unique to every living and non-living things. A music in its broad sense has a various genre which can either makes you feel happy, inspired, or even makes you cry. Personally, I believe that music influences my mundane human existence. As a music lover of Pop, Original Pinoy Music (OPM) and RnB, I surmised that there are no dull moments in my life with music. As an Overseas worker, for example, I usually play the favorite songs of my family members to remind me the vitality of my decision to leave my hometown. In addition, it gives me a glimpse spark of hope that someday in one's life one could achieve their ultimate goal through persistence and perseverance. It even gives me comfort whenever I feel sad and gives joy to every client I handled to give warmth to their frozen hearts.
Posted by IamMaven on 10-13-2017
It's true, I sometime can be so depressed that I need something to help me be even more depressed so I can touch the bottom, only to rise again.
Posted by joey98 on 10-17-2017
It's true that music can generate emotions to us but not necessarily means that whenever you listen to music, it will bring you a depression. It will always depend on what kind of music are you listening to. If you're listening to a lively or intense music, I don't think that it will make you depressed. There is a different type of music for a different type of emotion. There's even a music for relaxation. So it's not true that music will only give you depression.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-02-2017
I disagree with this completely.I think music is the food to the soul. Speaking for myself, music has helped me through some tough times in my life. Music has helped in times of stress, when I have had no money, When I have been heartbroken. The trick is to enjoy the beat and listen to the words.However I know there is music that is not positive and may attract negative vibes and make you feel worse about your situation.A good example is rap music that advocates violence and degradation of women .This may not be the best type of music to help a stressful situation.
Posted by jaymish on 02-05-2018
Judging by the two studies, I think it has little of nothing to do with music, or engaging your auditory sense, but has everything to do with the kind of music. Slow music can dull the mind, and fast music can uplift the spirit. Music with abusive or negative lyrics can cast one down, in the same way that music with encouraging and positive lyrics can lift one up. If music can uplift, who said it cannot cast down? If music can cast down, who said it cannot uplift? The difference is in the kind of music you expose yourself to, especially if you're depressed
Posted by mosesoscar on 11-14-2018