where is stable~ emotionally, musically!

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   Posted 9/14/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm confused about these things - emotional response and musical response.

When is it that music sounds extra delicious and takes on feeings of its own - is that stable or is that depression and mania?

What about emotional response - do you feel things very deeply when depressed, and not at all when manic... or is it when you're stable that you feel things deeply .. or do you not feel things too deeply when stable but care more, and don't care when manic?

I know i used to chart my moods by my response to music but now i'm confuse which is stable/normal. I cant remember what was for stable. If i was depressed, depressing music sounded happy and happy music irritated me. If I was manic i preferred techno and upbeat stuff, also angry stuff like Eminem. Sad music was a waste of time.

I hope this makes some sense!!
I would really appreciate feedback..

red lightening
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   Posted 9/14/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
When I'm depressed reggae music lifts me up...it's so happy and carefree.

When I'm hypo-manic I like dark grunge like Alice in Chains and Days of the New
and some newer rock...lots of classical guitar and groovy rips

I appreciate music much more when I'm manic...I seem to absorb it into every fiber of my being
to the point that I become it. I like it loud, intense and heroine like...(but I don't do heroin)
It swims in me. So for me music is extra delicious when I'm manic.

When I'm stable I like new age and light trancey new-age...but I haven't been stable in the last
few weeks, (depressed,) and haven't liked too much music except the occasional reggae.

Country music irritates me for some reason and my hubby is totally into the alt country music scene
so I close my door and read a book.

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   Posted 9/14/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks redlightening, i think you understand what i was trying to say :)
Its genetic, sorry my post was so confusing. I am bad with making sense right now! Not a bit of it :P

Yeah, i am "absorbing it into every fiber of my being" at the moment, so perhaps that means mixed.. manic plus depression...
I dont have much experience with this classifying bcuz for years i thought everyone went through phases where music sounded differnet to them or magical and had different fav musics depending on their mood.

Went and did some more, intenser exercise and im feeling better, more clearheaded.. Phew!

oh and i dont like country music either red!!

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   Posted 9/14/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks itsgenetic :) im glad you responded ~ ~

Your description of really good music sounds like what music usually does for me.
But lately i've been having off days where i feel nothing. then days where i feel it more intensely.
So weird!
i know its mood related.

yeah, red's feeling for music sounds a lot like mine. then again i wasnt brought up to show emotions so as a child i felt and expressed emotions through music and actions first, words second...

Trying to Understand
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   Posted 9/14/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, mood diary can get confusing to figure out. That is my dilemna too.
If you're depressed, are you very sad, ambivalent, flat affect, no feelings at all?
If you're hypomanic, can you be hypersexual, need little sleep, sit on the computer for hours, stay in your nightgown all day, skip hygiene, have no feelings at all?

Can anyone help us figure this out? Would appreciate it.
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