Research supports claim that Hip-Hop could treat depression

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Research supports claim that Hip-Hop could treat depression

A lot of people turn to music when they can’t speak their own mind or struggle to get their feelings out. Listening to lyrics that people can relate to can be therapeutic and can help people to understand.

Psychiatrists at Cambridge University claim that Hip Hop lyrics can be used to help treat mental illnesses. The lyrics can trigger empathy as well as sympathy.

According to The Lancet Psychiatry medical journey, songs such as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five‘s The Message and Notorious B.I.G‘s Juicy have been used as part of therapy and treatment. It’s believed that individuals suffering from mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia find a sense of comfort and solitude in the details of the lyrics.

“A child is born with no state of mind blind to the ways of mankind, God is smilin’ on you but he’s frownin’ too because only God knows what you’ll go through…But then you wind up droppin’ outta high school now you’re unemployed, all non-void
walkin’ round like you’re Pretty Boy Floyd” – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five‘s The Message

“Yeah, this album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to nothin’, to all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustlin’ in front of, that called the police on me when I was just tryin’ to make some money to feed my daughter” – Notorious B.I.G‘s Juicy

Put aside the deeper meaning, these two Hip Hop classics are still huge tunes!


(Source: Mixmag)


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