Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

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russellspiano
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Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

Post by russellspiano » 11 Aug 2012, 11:34

Music can be a positive force for mental health, calming, relaxing, intellectually stimulating. This is true for adults, teens and children. Music can and does affect our emotions, it can create "channels" in our mind, patterns of thinking. It can impart ideas and ideologies, powerfully and emotionally conveying a way of life.

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Re: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

Post by Gill the Piano » 11 Aug 2012, 17:17

Well, you've answered your own question there. I agree; many people have told me that while they are playing the piano, they don't think of anything else, and that's therapy in itself. You only have to speak to a music therapist to realise what miracles music can do.
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Re: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

Post by joseph » 11 Aug 2012, 19:57

I don't believe it's a cure, but it's a bloody good distraction at times. At other times it may contribute to your frustrations.

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Re: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

Post by russellspiano » 24 Aug 2012, 16:37

I believe it,s a cure, so do the doctors. I have been admitted in 5 psyciatric hospitals due to mental illness and was taking 14 medication tablets a day, now since taking up the piano I am now only taking 4 medication tablets and no admissions into hospital. :piano;

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Re: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

Post by Gill the Piano » 25 Aug 2012, 16:18

Excellent; so glad it's been helpful to you. Do you have regular lessons, or just play on your own?
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Re: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

Post by russellspiano » 30 Aug 2012, 15:32

I get an hour lesson every friday by the sea, excelent tuition and nearly finshed the Alfred,s 2 book, starting on ABRSM 2 book next month. I am so happy. :piano;

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Re: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

Post by gizzy » 30 Aug 2012, 21:12

russellspiano wrote:I get an hour lesson every friday by the sea, excelent tuition and nearly finshed the Alfred,s 2 book, starting on ABRSM 2 book next month. I am so happy. :piano;
I'm not sure that makes it a "cure" exactly, but it's marvellous medicine and can keep many of the worse symptoms at bay

Music and laughter - powerful medicine :D

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Re: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

Post by piano4solihull » 11 Sep 2012, 13:10

Learning the piano takes a huge amount of concentration and brain power so its a good distraction! I teach piano privately and at mind - my ladies who take lessons with me at mind say the benefit from the concentration.

Playing in a group/soiree/concert is also probably a good thing :D

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