How Does Music Therapy Relate to Bipolar Disorder?

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“A mental disorder is a classified as a clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome that occurs and that is associated with present distress or disability or with a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom.” (Peters, 2000). Although mental disorders may have a variety of manifestations and degrees of severity, they all are characterized by persistent, abnormal patterns of problem behaviors. These clients are sometimes described as having behavior disorders or behavioral disorders. Mental illnesses and disorders traditionally have been classified into two broad categories of neuroses and psychoses. A neurosis is a mental disorder primarily characterized by anxiety. This anxiety may be experienced directly and be the main manifestation of the disorder or it may be unconsciously controlled or modified to produce other distressing symptoms. A psychosis is a more severe mental disorder that is primarily characterized by loss of contact with reality. Individuals who have psychoses have delusions, hallucinations and an impaired ability to test reality. For many, a mental disorder can hinder a person from keeping a job, family, relationships and sanity. The psychiatric problems that occur in adults are more likely to be associated with the stresses of everyday adaptation or a more chronic reaction resulting from distress over a longer period of time. What many people don’t know is that someone can in fact live a relatively normal life with the help of many therapies, such as music therapy to be specific. Continue reading

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Self Hypnosis for Musicians

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Perhaps you are interested in using hypnosis to help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself, or perhaps you are just curious and interested to learn more. If you are thinking of trying some of the many hypnosis … Continue reading

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Love Notes ! I’ll be playing my sax tomorrow night @ Falconetti’s East Side Grill and next Friday @Rickshaw Theatre – both in VanCity with Buffalo Jones – if you drop by plz say hi – next hypno-show is for The BC Children’s Hospital in Sept.. sending love & looking forward to seeing everyone soon – S

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6 Things You Must Know That Will Stop Your Performance Anxiety

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The performance anxiety problem begins to look too big to solve for most, impossible to actually eliminate, overwhelming and improbable. Each time you attempt to change something in your life and don’t, the more you actually believe that you can’t. … Continue reading

How to Let Your Heart Sing

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I have always loved singing in harmony and have sung in several choirs in the past. When I moved to Victoria, I was looking for a small vocal ensemble to sing with. In my search for a small community choir, … Continue reading

Digging For Laughs: Sources Of Humor For Public Speakers

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How was your last speech received by your audience? If you talked with them an hour, a day, or even a week after you gave the speech no matter how good their listening skills were, do you think that they … Continue reading

Motivational Speaker Training: 9 Tips to Motivate Any Audience

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The oft-maligned motivational speech is actually a critical tool for leaders of all kinds. Whether your audience is made up of sales people, clients, church congregants, association members, soldiers, fundraisers, donors, staff, shareholders, your sports team, your constituents or members … Continue reading