I suffer from panic attacks and agoraphobia.
This is how it goes:
I've just entered the shopping mall, and I know the sky-high ceilings are approaching.
Or otherwise ... gulp ... it's the escalator.
But I have no choice - I have tasks to complete.
I clench my fists and focus on the floor.
I imagine soothing Enya-type New Age music.
It was on a disk by one of those self-help gurus.
I pop my homeopathic Argentum Nitricum pills (just sugar pills, apparently).
I try and breathe slowly ...
All this just makes it worse.
Then suddenly a song pops into my head.
It's metal - it's Manowar!
I recalled that I hadn't heard good metal for ages, but two nights before I watched a Manowar concert on YouTube.
In fact, I'd specifically avoided metal, because it seemed too fast, and too heavy for my anxiety.
The bass starts playing in my ears, and next thing my teeth are chattering like drums.
I'm on the escalator, my hands are calm and my chest is out.
I feel like a warrior who can overcome anything.
Next thing my tasks are done, and I can't believe what just happened.
I've repeated the exercise since then.
It's not perfect, but yes - Metal is therapeutic!
Has anybody also felt that Metal is therapy?
I've mentioned one band, but more suggestions are welcome.
I'm not sure all genres would work for one person, but epic and melodic metal is just what the doctor ordered.
I'm not always in the mood for metal, but I try to force myself to listen to Manowar at least once when I'm on the web, and then I do enjoy it.
Those lyrics are mighty uplifting.
Go Dr. Metal Go!
edit on 21-11-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)