Music Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

At Muse for Life in Sandy Springs Atlanta, we offer private & group music therapy sessions to individuals with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or excited mood and depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very quick, and because of this emotional variability, individuals with bipolar disorder typically feel ungrounded and out of control. This lack of control generally effects self esteem and self confidence, as well as effecting the sense of connection one might have with one's own body, surroundings, and relations. Response patterns to this lack of control and autonomy can seem over the top, unregulated, and extreme.

People with bipolar disorder type I have had at least one manic episode and periods of major depression. Bipolar disorder type I has been called manic depression.

People with bipolar disorder type II have never had full mania. Instead they experience periods of high energy levels and impulsiveness that are not as extreme as mania (called hypomania). These periods alternate with episodes of depression.

People with bipolar disorder type II or cyclothymia may be wrongly diagnosed as having depression.


Music therapy techniques and methods include:

• Smaller class or group sizes

• Positive & highly structured environment


MusicTherapy Goals for Bipolar Disorder

• To increase self-awareness, self-control, & self-esteem

• To increase sense of autonom

• To improve coping mechanisms for stress

• To improve social skills

• To increase attention span & on-task behavior

• To increase leisure activities



Contact Us At:

Muse for Life Community Inspiration Center

205 Hilderbrand Drive

Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328

(404) 943-1063,