Music therapy can benefit depression patients

MusicMaking a strong case for music therapy to be offered alongside conventional treatment, a new research has highlighted the therapeutic benefits of music for depression patients who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings!

Underscoring the fact that music facilitates a non-verbal form of self expression, a new research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has revealed that making music with the help of African percussion instruments has been proven to effectively help people recover from depression, largely by allowing them to voice their repressed emotions and talk about agonizing experiences.

The researchers elaborated that the mechanisms of music therapy and active music-making chiefly enable new aesthetic, physical and relational experiences, with the result that music therapy can end up improving the mental health of depression patients.

With some earlier studies already having shown that music therapy can help unleash trapped emotions and memories in children with autism, psychotic young men and elderly people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the new research has stressed that playing musical instruments - like drums, the marimba, and vibraphone - can help people to open up and understand the causes of their illness.

Since music therapy uses the possibility of creating several different moods and states to help creative expression, Pauline Etkin – CEO of Nordoff Robbins – explained: “Low and depressed mood can be acknowledged in the choice of specific music, and music can then be used towards transforming this, enlivening and lifting energy, and providing potential for communication and enjoyment”!