Music Therapy And Depression

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Music therapy is therapy that engages a patient in musical activities, such as singing, playing an instrument, or just listening to music. Music therapy is most commonly used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, that includes medication, cognitive therapy, and physical exercise. Its goal is to reduce anxiety, improve cognitive functioning, promote physical rehabilitation, or improve communication. This means music therapy is a great option for people who live with post-traumatic stress disorder, physical disabilities, autism, and as will be discussed, depression. Generally speaking, music therapy is a great add-on to medication and other methods for those who are seeking relief from their depression because it sparks additional brain activity. While it may not be a permanent solution, studies show that music therapy can shorten the amount of time to reach remission and improve moods. To start, one needs to evaluate what depression is and what can cause it. Depression is most recognizable by its symptoms: extensive feelings of hopelessness, thoughts of harming oneself, withdrawing from people, or lethargy, to name a few. At some point in life, everyone experiences these feelings. However, five or more symptoms need to be persistent over the course of two weeks in order to be diagnosed with clinical depression, according to the DSM-5, a handbook used by healthcare professionals to diagnose mental health disorders (“What Is Depression?”). Samuelson 2 There are
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