Effects of Music in Treating Depression

treatingdepressionDepression is as hard to detect as it is to cure. Its usual treatment involves prescribing anti- depressants and mostly, counseling. Others take years before they can finally over come and recover from depression while others only take months.

It doesn’t really matter how long a person has been experiencing it and several studies suggest that music can actually help in treating patients with depression. Music can affect their mood and train of thoughts in one way or another.

  1. Music can help the patients to express their thoughts especially if they feel the need to conceal it from other people. For people dealing with depression, crying is actually a good sign. It only means that they are able to release their stress which will make them feel better afterwards.
  2. Listening to music also improves a person’s creativity. One of the effects of depression is feeling of emptiness and lack of inspiration or motivation. Lively music can actually trigger our brain to do lively tasks or activities that matches the beat of the song, same way when you feel more energetic when listening pop music while working out.
  3. Depression also has physical manifestations on the patients. Some of them are having trouble sleeping while others’ blood pressure gets affected by their condition. Recent studies show that listening to classical music everyday can significantly lower your blood pressure over time as it soothes you and lower your stress levels.
  4. There’s a chance that music can actually change a person’s plan of committing suicide. Music affects people mostly on the emotional aspect which basically controls most of our decision- making. If a certain song motivated a person who’s planning to commit suicide, that person will most likely ditch his plan and get on with his new- found motivation.
  5. Music can be strongly associated with our memories. If a person associated a certain song or genre to his happy thoughts, he’ll have something to get back to whenever he experiences panic attacks or feeling down for no reason (which is part of having depression).
  6. Classical and relaxing music affects our breathing. Our body actually responds to the type of music we’re listening to. If your heart is racing, you can try to listen to slow music where your heart beat and breathing can get in sync with.

It’s never easy to deal with depression and it’s one of the worst condition as it can lead to death. Some people might still be in denial that they are actually suffering from it because of the stigma that comes with it. People who suffer from depression choose to keep it to themselves as they don’t want other people around them to change on how they interact with them or worse lose them. Thanks to recent studies and campaigns nowadays, more and more people are getting aware on how to deal with it and how to help people who are suffering from it. So the next time you see your depressed friend, be his guide and give him a nice piece of music.