Music Therapy May Help Depression
By Maratos a, et al. from Harvard Mental Health Letter May 2008
By Sandy Plone, Ph.D.
The International Cochrane Collaoration reviewed a small group of
studies and concluded that music therapy may help some people with depression.
While many of us may feel this is an intuitively sound conclusion, it
is supportive to learn that researchers are following up with some rigorous
While there are many types of music therapy available, these researchers
only examined those studies that involved music therapy carried out
within a structured therapeutic framework that involved some type of
musical interaction with a therapist or other patients. Mood symptoms
were assessed through standardized instruments, the duration of therapy
varied from six to ten weeks, while the type of interventions also varied.
Some included guided imagery along with music; others encouraged participants
to listen to music and then discuss it
The reviewers cautioned that they were not prepared to conclude that
music therapy is an effective treatment for those with depression, but
certainly worth considering as an adjunct to other treatments. Or, as
this reviewer of the studies thinks, adding soothing music to our lives
may be wise as a preventative to depression.