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Music therapy 'beneficial to depression patients'

Music therapy 'beneficial to depression patients'
3rd August 2011

People with depression, who could be dependent on home care, may benefit from music therapy, according to a specialist charity.

Chief executive officer at Nordoff Robbins Pauline Etkin explained that music can re-energise and motivate people with depression, giving them a new way of expressing their emotions.

She explained music therapy uses the possibility of creating many different moods and states to assist creative expression.

"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," said Ms Etkin.

Meanwhile, a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry discovered that music therapy is able to improve the mental health of depression patients.

Researchers explained that new aesthetic, physical and relational experiences are enabled by the mechanisms of music therapy and active music-making.

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