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Clinical Diagnosis of Music Addiction

May 3, 2017

 

Music addiction is real, it is as real and sometimes as serious as a drug or alcohol dependency. I will help you understand the symptoms, causes, treatment

 

Symptoms of Music Addiction

 

  1. You love all kinds of music

  2. You cannot survive without any music in the background for more than 4 hours (not including sleeping, hygiene care, class/work)

  3. You always carry your Ipod/music device, charger, and headphones/speakers on your person

  4. You are a professional at finding music for the best deal

  5. You know and understand how to manipulate music files

  6. You critic the wrong lyric and song arrangement

  7. You have way too many favorite songs and they change regularly

  8. Make your own music when none is provide

  9. Talk obsessively about music whenever it is brought up

  10. You pay more attention to the music in a movie/party/event than people

Do you have any of these symptoms? If you do, I wish to inform you, that on some level, you are a music addict. Now the severity of your music addiction depends it's not always that bad. Here's a music video to best explain it to you.

 


Causes of Music Addiction

  • Genetics/hereditary obsession of love

  • Exposure to too much music

  • Regulate Emotional Stability

  • Bad Communication Skills

 

Treatments for Music Addiction

The treatments for music addiction to me are unknown, but here are some tips that might be a temporary cure.

  1. Begin to slowly wean yourself from excess music listening by limiting yourself to 3-6 hours of music a day

  2. Focus your energy on other things 

  3. Treatment is not always needed when the severity is not as bad

  4. Admitting you have a problem is the #1 Step

 

Benefits of Music Addictions

  • Music is an effective motivator

  • Music provides a safe, structured setting for verbal and non-verbal communication

  • Music uses sounds and silences to structure time in an understandable way

  • Music provides both structure and freedom through the use of form and improvisation

  • Music provides a meaningful, enjoyable context for repetition

  • Music activities encourage social interactions

  • Music is an effective memory aid

  • Music supports and encourages movement

  • Music taps into memories and emotions

  • Music provides nonverbal, immediate feedback

  • Music activities are easily adapted to each person's abilities

  • Music interventions can be designed to be success-oriented

  • Music uses concrete concepts that are easily demonstrated and understood - fast & slow, up & down, loud & soft, long & short, etc

  • Music activities utilize many senses at the same time to enhance the learning experience - hearing, seeing and feeling

 

 

End Notes

Now I don't want to scare you, but a music addiction is not always bad. It is like food and favorite things moderation is always the key. But if can only focuses on music and are unable to make time for people, and the only thing in your life is music, there might be a serious issue. 

 

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