“Nobody Sees Me Lying There With Depression” : an arts-based research project on a music therapy intern’s experience of major depressive disorder
AuthorPeters, Thomas J.
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SubjectResearch Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Psychology
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Music
Music therapy -- Instruction and study
Music therapy -- Psychological aspects
Psychotherapy and music
Mental health -- Treatment
Depression, Mental -- Treatment
Popular music -- Writing and publishing
AbstractThrough arts-based research, I studied my experience as a music therapy intern with major depressive disorder. I explored how a depressive episode impacted my work as an intern and how the episode affected my transition from intern to therapist. During the internship, I recorded improvisations to process the depressive episode. Two years after I completed the internship, I revisited these improvisations with prose poem responses. After finding themes and significant phrases, I composed a song entitled “Nobody Sees Me”. This arts-based project focuses on my unique experience, but the project has professional and academic implications. The project demonstrates a need for mental health services for graduate students, and my personal journey may provide support for music therapy interns and students with disorders of mental health.
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