It’s no secret that music can calm the mind and soothe the soul. But does music therapy work as a form of treatment for depression? A new study suggests that yes, music therapy has the potential to help people overcome depression, especially when used in combination with psychotherapy or another form of treatment. The study, which took place in Sweden as was recently published in the journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, is one of the largest and most carefully-designed studies of music therapy and depression to date. The study found that listening to classical music twice daily helped reduce depression symptoms compared to listening to nature sounds. And listening to “newly composed polyphonic modern music” was even more effective than the classical music.
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