Could Listening to Heavy Metal Music Lead to Depression? Show Notes

Monday, March 05, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Researchers at Melbourne University in Australia say that teens who listen to heavy metal music can be at greater risk of depression or mental illness.

The scientists based their conclusion on a five-year study that examined the listening habits of youth between the ages of 13 and 18. They then looked at the mental health status of those teens.

Music therapist Dr. Katrina McFerran says "Most young people listen to a range of music in positive ways.  To block out crowds, to lift their mood or give them energy when exercising"
 
"But young people at risk of depression are more likely to be listening to music, particularly heavy metal music, in a negative way."

Kids who listened to the same heavy metal song or album repeatedly were more likely to have issues, and might even be suicidal.

But Dr. McFerran points out that some teens also feel better after listening to metal music. She recommends that parents talk with their children about their music preferences and pay attention to how those choices may be influencing their mood and their behavior. 

As you talk to our kids about their music and media choices, remind them that in Matthew 7 Jesus tells us that we can choose the wide road or the narrow road. 

The culture and our friends may tell us to follow the wide road, but that road ultimately leads to destruction. Jesus urges us to choose the narrow road—the road that will lead us to wisdom and eternal life.

I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.

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