Music therapy can reduce depression a study found.
Music therapy was found to be effective in reducing depression among young people. It also boosts self-esteem.
The conclusion was based on the previous study of more than two hundred participants.
The researchers divided the participants into two groups. One group underwent music therapy while the other served as a control group.
During the experiment, the researchers asked the participants’ feelings as they play a certain tune.
The result found that the participants who were given the therapy had higher self-esteem and lower depression level.
This study can be very helpful in treating young people with behavioral problems. It can also guide professionals in making appropriate actions.
The lead author of the study, Professor Sam Porter gave his significant conclusion.
“The findings contained in our report should be considered by healthcare providers and commissioners when making decisions about the sort of care for young people that they wish to support,” said Porter.
Music therapy has been around for a thousand of years. In fact, ancient Greek philosophers used music for therapy.
Depressed people were instructed to listen to calming music of a flute.
However, in the modern time, the formal music therapy practices began in 1940’s. After the Second World War, mental health professionals used music therapy on soldiers with PTSD.
Musicians visit mental institutions to play music for soldiers who had trauma. Since then medical professionals began to realize the usefulness of music therapy.
How does music therapy reduce depression?
The therapy addresses a person’s physical, emotional and social needs. Creating and listening to a music allows individuals to express their inner world without actually speaking about it.
The combination of melody, rhythm, and melody could slow a person’s heart rate, breath, and other physical activity.
The process triggers the secretion of more dopamine in the brain which in turn boosts happiness.