Music and Mental Health

I was reading an article today titled “Individual music therapy for depression: Randomized controlled trial.” Yeah… Sounds fun right?!… Ok, I’m a nerd, I admit it but I find psychology fascinating because it allows us to better understand ourselves.

Anyways, to briefly summarize the article… very very briefly lol… This article is basically about the affects of music and therapy, combined, on “working age people, vs using therapy alone. The conclusion… Spoiler Alert!!, states that there is a significant correlation between patients who were treated with music and a decrease in their levels of depression. 

Because this was so interesting, I looked at a few additional articles and found another which was equally, if not more enthralling than the first.

The article “Music and the brain: the neuroscience of music and musical appreciation,” discusses in further detail the connection between music and the emotions evoked by different tones.

“If it is a language, music is a language of feeling.”….”it ‘reveals the nature of feelings with a detail and truth that language cannot approach’”(Trimble, 2017)

I had intended to write this article as a “tips and tidbits for coping with anxiety and depression;” however, rather than write some generic pointers on things to do, which many of you have probably already found on multiple google searches, I decided to add some music here. I’ve added music of varying genres… all tracks are used under the Creative Commons License, with authorization from FYI, I am not getting paid for the endorsement.

Have a listen to some of the tracks and let me know down below if you feel any improvement in your mood.

Erkkilä, J., Punkanen, M., Fachner, J., Ala-Ruona, E., Pöntiö, I., Tervaniemi, M., . . . Gold, C. (2011). Individual music therapy for depression: Randomized controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 199(2), 132-139. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.110.085431
Trimble, M., & Hesdorffer, D. (2017). Music and the brain: the neuroscience of music and musical appreciation. BJPsych International, 14(2), 28–31.
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