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Layne1727

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I was diagnosed with depression. There will be any problem if I listen to Joy Division?
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What does your heart tell you? Does listening feel more like poison or cure?
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Joy Division got me through some tough years...if you can listen and empathize with another person's pain - if it helps you keep your mind off your own pain - then I recommend it. Ian understood. He really did.
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I've been through some tough times [although unlike yourself, I haven't been told I've actually got depression]. The Cure saved me at first, and then Joy Division when I found them by accident on YouTube. I still listen to The Cure as well of course, and The Sisters of Mercy, but since I found Joy Division on YouTube, I've been obsessed with them as well - it must just be that sort of music, perhaps, but whatever - they're my top 3 bands. I love them equally.
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if you can listen and empathize with another person's pain - if it helps you keep your mind off your own pain


Yes, this.

If the music evokes connection, a sense that knowing the darkest corners can open the heart, then it can be a wonderful solace. If it inspires thoughts that are unwanted or intrusive, the songs will still be there when you're feeling better, and by then you'll have a clearer picture of whether they can help.

(Also, if you're in a major depression this might not be possible for you right now, but dancing---or other forms of moving while listening
---can be really good for your head. Making yourself sweat for 30 minutes several times a week can feel like hitting the reset button on your mood.)
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Thanks for the answers, mates. My life changed completely, I'm having mood swings and stuff like that, it's really horrible.

I bought In the Flat Field a day after the diagnosis, and I didn't understand those songs before, but now I do. I almost cried during Spy in the Cab.
I'll listen to Closer now, and the impact will probably be different from the first time I heard. I remember listening to Closer for the first time, and The Eternal and Decades struck my heart, very powerful songs. I slept that day with those eerie synth sounds of both songs in my head.

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I am often reminded of this quote from Mark Johnson:

"I am inclined to believe that one should only listen to Joy Division when one is in an eupeptic state of physical and mental health and, in consequence, tempted to dismiss any scrupulous heartsearching as a morbid fuss. When one is in low spirits, one should possibly keep away from them, for, unless introspection is accompanied, as it always is with New Order, by an equal passion for the good life, it all too easily degenerates into spineless narcissistic fascination with one's own sins and weaknesses. Now we wouldn't want that would we?"
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i can only say that when depression (rapid mood-swings since i was 8) hit me the worst,
JD were the ones that helped me over it,ironic really but (& I quote)'the dead guy' gave me company.
i believe it's a thin line for any individual which they choose to draw from!the only song that has the 'power' of trying to make me top myself (it really does-no joke)  is :


can't watch or hear it!

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^^it WAS as bad as I was afraid it was. Eek!! Perk overload deluxe!
Abba sort of has that effect on me.

As for JD, I'm in the "feels like going to church" camp. I always feel uplifted after a listening session. I've never found the lyrics depressing, I guess because I hear them as some of the most intelligent commentary ever on the human condition.
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