Music therapy in combination with standard care may benefit individuals with depression, according to a recent study.
Music has been used to promote healing since ancient times. Music therapy often aims to influence emotional, cognitive and physical well-being, and may involve both listening and performing music.
In a recent study, researchers randomly assigned 79 patients with depression to participate in 20 biweekly music therapy sessions in addition to standard care, or to standard care only. Outcome measures, including anxiety, depression and quality of life, were evaluated before treatment and after three and six months of treatment.
The researchers found that patients who participated in music therapy showed more improvement in anxiety and depression symptoms than those who received only standard care. Additionally, patients in the music therapy group saw more improvements in general function.
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