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Challenges 2018, 9(1), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe9010018

Analogies between Heavy Metal Music and the Symptoms of Mental Illness

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Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 7050, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0961, USA
Received: 13 March 2018 / Revised: 30 March 2018 / Accepted: 3 April 2018 / Published: 5 April 2018
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This paper builds a link between isolated domains within the arts and sciences, specifically between music and psychiatry. An analogous model is presented that associates heavy metal music with bipolar disorder, a form of mental illness. Metal music consists of a variety of subgenres with distinct manifestations of song, rhythm, instrumentation, and vocal structure. These manifestations are analogous to the symptomatology of bipolar disorder, specifically the recurrent episodes of (hypo)mania and depression. Examples of songs are given which show these analogies. Besides creating a subjective link between apparently unconnected knowledge domains, these analogies could play a heuristic role in clinical applications and education about the disorder and mental illnesses at large. View Full-Text
Keywords: auditory arts; music; psychiatry; heavy metal music; mental illness; bipolar disorder; analogous model; heuristic; creative thinking auditory arts; music; psychiatry; heavy metal music; mental illness; bipolar disorder; analogous model; heuristic; creative thinking
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