Q: Can Music Cause Suicidal Thoughts?
Dear Richard --
And since your "stuff" seems to include some things about suicide, may I pass along an essay that I found particularly striking, art in itself if you will, about suicide. I should offer the usual cautions, like if you ever find yourself thinking about actually putting your thoughts into action, you should get help immediately (friend, family, go to local ER, call 911). Lots and lots of people think about it, some take some action, some unfortunately succeed (unfortunately, because I know of only one patient I've ever worked with where I felt I had nothing further to offer at that time; and since that time, she's worked with another colleague who did have other ideas, and I've had further ideas since myself -- so it would be hard to find a point at which "giving up" made sense logically. But of course we're not talking logic in these circumstances. Anyway, don't forget the caution).
I hope by now you are in a different place, though you probably have not left behind entirely the place that music was taking you. I hope too that you find a means to more hopeful view. If that's not happening so far, and you haven't tried it already, people who ask questions like yours are probably those who will make good use of a good psychotherapist (or, since you're writing on this site, a good psychiatrist who can also look at medication options). I hope then that you have one of those, or will consider finding one, if things are not much better already.