After reviewing 9 studies on the subject, researchers concluded that listening to songs and taking regular treatment would improve symptoms of depression and reduce anxiety.
For eleven years, scientists had not sat down to systematically review how much music therapy contributed in cases of depression. The impulse was a team of European researchers taking nine reports made in the world. A sum of 421 people participated in them, from teenagers to older people, responding if they preferred to take a regular treatment against this disorder and at the same time play or sing or simply listen to songs that made them feel better.
They read the studies not by one. They noticed that depression, which alters the mood, decreases interest and makes people lose their pleasure, seems to be fought in the short term by music. Specifically, for music therapy therapies so common to treat diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, autism and even AIDS.
The effect is that music “seems to reduce depressive symptoms and anxiety and helps improve functioning (for example, maintaining participation in work, activities and relationships).” This was explained by the authors in the Cochrane Library, where the review was published this week along with their conclusions.
Although experts did not claim that music therapy was better than psychological therapy, they did show a marked improvement in those patients who combine both treatments. Thus, no adverse effects were recorded. The only thing the experts asked for were more trials, especially in children and adolescents, to reaffirm the finding and more research on how music therapy works.
For centuries, human beings have found in music a stimulus to meet their simplest and most positive emotions. Music has not only always been a kind companion of people, but in a catalyst for positive moods and a means to dilute anxiety and sadness.
It is used by painters, poets and writers to shake the tree of their inspiration. It accompanies us on the way to work or in the waiting rooms. It is the placid filling that accompanies the scenes of the films, the entertainment that tames the masses while awaiting the start of a match in the stadiums.
Several studies on the relationship between music and depression conclude that Listening to songs accompanying a therapeutic treatment is a successful combination for depressed people to begin to win the battle against the disease.
Studies consider that music reduces depressive symptoms, anxiety, and favors the better functioning of people in their daily tasks at work, or in their social relationships.