Music as medicine

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The efficacy of using music in children of divorce groups: Impact on anxiety, depression, and irrational beliefs about divorce

This study was aimed at examining the efficacy of using music as an intercession for children of divorce as compared to traditionally used psycho-education. The study predicted that the group of divorce children’s level of depression, anxiety, and irrational beliefs on divorce would be less impacted by psycho-education as compared to music after a follow-up period that lasted three months. According to the findings from the study, both interventions had influence on social and cognitive anxiety and all the beliefs on divorce. However, they were not as effective in giving hope for family reuniting. There was no change in depression, though the study revealed that there was a close relationship between the ability to overcome irrational beliefs on divorce and overcoming depression. The study, therefore, reveals that the current interventions for children of divorce were effective in decreasing the level of irrational beliefs and anxiety. There was also the observation that if there is focus on the reduction of irrational beliefs on divorce, then there is a high possibility of reducing depression.

The effect of improvisational music therapy on the treatment of depression: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial

This study was aimed at examining whether improvisational, psycho-dynamically orientated music therapy in a personal setting can be effective in reducing symptoms of depressions, and subsequently changing the other health-related outcomes of the involved patients. The attention was specified to mediator agents such as intermingling during the session and musical expression. The study also focused on the descriptive potential of EEG recordings for the scrutinizing of music perception that relates to emotions among people with depression. The study engaged 85 adults aged between 18 and 50. The findings from the study were used in the determination of whether emotional experiences that are associated with music as measured by EEG can be used in the determination of the improvement of a client during therapy. The size of the study was sufficient in proving the applicability of its findings in clinical settings. The findings from the study can also be used in seeking further information on music therapy through research. The study was able to prove the hypothesis right thus making it even more instrumental in understanding the effectiveness of music therapy.

The effects of music therapy on anxiety and depression of cancer patients

The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of music therapy for the control of anxiety and depression among cancer patients. This was a quasi-experimental study that was attached to hospitals in Urmia city. The study involved a total of 60 cancer patients. The results from this study suggested that there was no significant difference in the demographic variable of control groups and intervention. There was a significant decrease in the anxiety level and depression among the patients engaged in the intervention group. There was a further observation of a close association amid depression, anxiety, and sex. There was also a close association amid depression, anxiety, and the level of education. The study concludes that music therapy is of positive impact on the depression and anxiety levels among cancer patients. Therefore, the study recommends the inclusion of music therapy in the management of cancer. The study also recommends further studies that will be aimed at revealing whether the findings will remain if it was carried out with patients suffering from a different disease or condition.

Music as medicine

This article explored the effectiveness of music therapy in improving the overall health outcome for an individual. The article focused on various health situations such as premature infants and people with depression and Parkinson’s disease to determine the efficiency of music therapy in the improvement of health outcomes. The discussion  presented by this article is based on the review of research that had previously carried out on the topic of interest. The article reveals that the impact of music therapy on health outcomes should not be taken for granted. The studies that have been carried out with the intent of determining the relationship between music therapy and positive health outcomes reveal that music therapy is directly proportional to positive health outcomes. The only difference that was noted in the studies is the extent to which music therapy can impact health outcomes. However, this is expected because the studies were carried out in completely different contexts and environments.

Reviewing the effectiveness of music interventions in treating depression

This study aimed at reviewing the effectiveness of music intervention in curbing depression. The rationale for this study was entirely based on the review of studies that have previously been carried out with the intent of determining the effectiveness music intervention as an alternative for treating depression. The study used randomized controlled study designs with the intent of making sure that all factors were taken into consideration when deciding on the sets of data that would be appropriate for this study. According to the findings, there was a high level of efficiency of music intervention in treating depressed individuals despite this intervention being ignored in practice. Findings also suggest that music interventions were not being used as much as they need to be used in the treatment of depression in the modern world. It is also elaborate that the use of music interventions will highly depend on various factors for there to be efficient use in the handling of patients suffering from depression. The conclusion of the research is that music interventions are among the best solutions for depression. However, the conclusion also asserts that music therapy is often underrated by many people.

Move to the music

This article is based on research that was aimed at uncovering the relationship between beat perception and the motor areas of the brain. The research was intended at using this relationship in the explanation of the effectiveness of music therapy. The article asserts that research on music therapy and how music and beats influence the brain or how the brain reacts to them might be effective in enhancing further understanding of the effectiveness of music therapy. Many people are aware of the fact that music therapy can be effective in the treatment of problems such as anxiety and depression. However, there is not much understanding of how music therapy brings about such change. The assertion made by this article is that if there was understanding on exactly how music influences the brain, then the application of music therapy will be more common. Furthermore, the application of the same will be more evidence-based, thus enhancing the trust in music therapy for the treatment of problems such as anxiety and depression.

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