Mental health professionals say that hip-hop music can help with mild to moderate cases of clinical depression and other forms of mental illness. The conclusion was made after several psychiatric studies found that the visual and melodic narrative style of hip-hop improves patients’ self-image and creates more positive images of themselves, their current challenges, and the future. As such, therapies supplemented with hip-hop music are often more profound.
Clinical depression is considered by the World Health Organization as the most debilitating diseases today. Millions of people suffer from it, although many professionals believe that this number may be more due to the social stigma still attached to the illness. The most noticeable signs of depression are a feeling of worthlessness and lack of joy in any activity. These feelings can reach such a point that some people may attempt suicide. Depression is typically treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
One of the goals of therapy is to allow patients to have a hopeful and positive outlook of their life, which inspires planning for the future. How this is achieved varies by the school of thinking the mental health professional aligns to.
Modern psychiatrists are seeing the dramatic impact music has on therapy sessions. Interestingly enough, it is not the calming, relaxing music that offers help. Rather it is the vibrant and often realistic tone of hip-hop music that encourages introspection and promotes self-healing.
The connection is still being evaluated. Further studies are deemed necessary.