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Are musicians more likely to suffer from depressive disorder?

From Amy Winehouse to Jeff Buckley to the latest case of Avicii. There is something distinctive about most of these deaths: the majority of the musicians suffered from some sort of mental disorder mainly depression.

If that doesn’t sound convincing, consider the example of the Cursed Club of 27. You find that most of the singers had gained popularity within their lifetime. They enjoyed a great amount of fame, money and literally had everything they needed. Yet, on the inside, there was a larger pervasive issue in hand: that of mental instability.

Before we dwell into the causes behind the dark side of the music industry, let us enlighten ourselves with some statistics.

What do statistics suggest?

All that being said, new statistics released mirror the exact above-mentioned claim. Accordingly, music (art) happens to be among the top professions with members prone to depression. For popular musicians with a large following, one in every tenth professional is (was) known to suffer from a mental disorder. The rates are worse for other relatively fewer known musicians who perform at bars or streets. For certain poverty adds much to their piled up mental misery.

On a more unfortunate side, the profession is also not safe from the problem of suicide. The recent death of Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park should tell you exactly that. The rates are rising at an alarming rate and there is a need more than ever to be worried about the situation

Musicians and Depression

The music industry may have all the more incentives for the aspirants to channel themselves towards the profession. There is obviously fame, respect and above all of that: money!

Sure, when you have a good voice or can play an instrument well, why shouldn’t you be a musician? Well, there is no stopping but the point is to aware ourselves about the rising cases of depression within the industry.

First and foremost, experts would point towards the culture of substance and alcohol abuse. Music, we have available has been given a psychedelic touch possibly instigated by the excessive use of hardcore drugs like LSD, cocaine or heroin. Most young musicians would resort towards the menace in order to fit in with the “pop culture.” They fail to realize the associated consequences of these drugs on their mental capacity. Empirical data would suggest a strong relationship between substance abuse and increased cases of depression.

While it is true music may bring utmost fame to the professional, it nonetheless comes at a substantial cost. Fame and popularity may devoid the individual of personal time consequently affecting the mental stability of the person. Constantly being under the limelight of media and fans deprives the musician of the personal comfort he/she aims to seek. There are so many expectations to meet that the person finds themselves in this perpetual cycle of meeting those benchmarks. This entire process can result in a considerable amount of psychological toll for the musician which translates into depressive disorder. In other sense, this may also explain why a number of singers would channel towards drugs as a coping mechanism.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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