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Can Music Ease Depression In Teenagers?

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Started: 4/27/2015 Category: Health
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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virginiabelle98

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Depression affects one in eight teenagers across America. Symptoms of depression may include sadness, anger, frequent crying, withdraw from social events. Music is a vocal or instrumental sound that is combined to produce expression of emotion. Studies show that listening to music may actually ease these symptoms of depression and encourage happy emotions which can be explained through history, philosophy and science.

Music"s ability to express emotions has been a puzzling mystery that has bewildered mankind since ancient Greece. The great philosopher Aristotle once said, "Music directly represents the passions of the soul. If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person." What we constantly listen to, we constantly think about. Essentially, the music becomes a part of us. The question is, could teenagers who suffer from depression simply be listening to the wrong type of music? Heriot-Watt University did a study to identify personality traits based on the subjects music of choice. They found that country music fans were hardworking and outgoing opposed to heavy metal fans who had low self-esteem, were not outgoing, but were gentle and creative. Those who listened rap and reggae had high levels of self-esteem and were very out-going. Finally, classical music lovers also had high self-esteem, creativity, and had calm dispositions. If Aristotle"s philosophy is correct, music can create happy human beings just by listening to the right kind of music. Listening to heavy-metal music, there is a sense of darkness that portrays anger and depressed emotions through scream and groans. In opposition, classical music has . It"s no wonder that teens who listen to the "wrong" kind of music really are unhappy and those who listen to the "right" music are actually happy. If heavy-metal music was replaced with classical or easy listening music, there would be a growth of happiness in teenagers around the world.

The science behind music therapy and depression is this, music is a similar to a stimulant. When listening to music, larges amounts of dopamine are released, causing an emotional arousal. According to Nidhya Logeswaran and Joydeep Bhattacharya from the University of London, music can affect even how we see things around us. Listening to sad music makes us perceive our surroundings as a more negative environment, ultimately causing angry or sad feelings. In opposition, listening to happy music actually makes us see things in a more positive point of view. Music like Skrillex actually causes stress and anxiety in the brain whereas classical, jazz, etc actually causes peace.
Hiskid

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I will accept that certain stimuli, musical or other, can ease depression, but only temporarily. I venture to say that it is akin to taking Tylenol while you are sick. It will work for a time, but without extra work, will only succeed in temporary relief
Debate Round No. 1
virginiabelle98

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Hiskid

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My argument stands.
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virginiabelle98

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Posted by purpleduck 2 years ago
purpleduck
this debate is impossible for con. if pro provides even one case where music helped a teenager, the debate is over, because he has effectively shown that it is "possible" for music to ease depression in teenagers.
Posted by vuwij 2 years ago
vuwij
This debate is very difficult to argue against, does anyone have a strategy here?
Posted by Ezzyobape 2 years ago
Ezzyobape
Yes it may, yet it may bring about many other syptoms. Depending on how much the words impact the reenagers mentality.. i agree with you but if the topic was slightly different...i would argued with music can porentialy trigger many other psychological illnesses. But i agree with you with the over all arguement.
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