A recent study which has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has revealed that patients with depression who received music therapy showed more improvement in their symptoms than the patients who received standard care only.
The study, which involved 79 participants, split the group into two with half receiving standard medication and counselling, and the other half receiving the same standard treatment plus 20 sessions with a trained music therapist.
After three months it was found that the patients who had received the music therapy showed a greater improvement in their depression and anxiety scores than the patients in the standard care group.
Researcher Professor Christian Gold from the University of Jyväskylä commented that the trial had demonstrated how a combination of music therapy and standard care can really help to improve depression and anxiety in some individuals.
“Our trial has shown that music therapy, when added to standard care helps people to improve their levels of depression and anxiety.” He said.
Dr Mike Crawford a mental health service specialist from the Imperial College London added that the results of the study suggest that music therapy could actually help to improve not just mood but also general functioning in people with depression.
“Music-making is social, pleasurable and meaningful. It has been argued that music making engages people in ways that words may simply not be able to.” He said.
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