From a psychologist’s point of view, it is usual for someone depressed to lose interest in music. While some experiencing depression turn to music, sad music in particular, for comfort, others find songs that elicit sad feelings more destructive. The latter are more likely to completely distance themselves from music during that comedown period, claiming it helps improve their mental well-being.
Is This Loss of Interest the Same Thing as Amusia?
In my perspective, the loss of interest in music when depressed and amusia are two different creatures. Amusia is a rare condition that impairs your musical ability. This neural disorder mainly stems from brain tissue damage (acquired amusia) or abnormal brain development (congenital amusia).
What Do You Recommend People Do If They Are Feeling Depressed and Want to Be Able to Listen to Music Again but Feel Apprehensive or Don’t Have the Same Kind of Emotional Response to It as They Usually Do?
I highly recommend the following;
- Exercising regularly
- Getting enough sleep
- Eating well-balanced meals
- Practicing mind relaxation techniques (Yoga, meditation, chatting)
- Going for psychotherapy
Does Playing Soft Background Music When Depressed Help?
The effectiveness of music in battling depression varies from one person to another. While some find playing soft background music when depressed healing, others do not feel the same effect.