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  • Writer's pictureMayte Sonnenberg

Music & Mental Health

Mental health and music, two things that will affect our lives, one way or another. Music has been proven to do so many wonderful things for our mental health. So much so, that Musical Therapy is commonly used in cases in which someone has depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trauma and autism. It can also aide people in lowering blood pressure, improving memory, enhancing communication and social skills by experiencing music with others, inducing self-reflection or thought observation, reducing muscle tension, inducing self-regulation, developing healthy coping skills to manage thoughts and emotions, increasing motivation, managing pain and helping to increase joy.

Music Therapy can be utilized in so many ways, in creating music, talking about lyrics with other people and simply dancing or moving along to the music are all examples of Music Therapy. Listening to music can relieve nerves, leaving patients feeling less anxious. Music Therapy is such a diverse type of help that has provided comfort to so many different types of people, helping over 1.5 million people each year.

Studies have shown that classical and musical soundtracks are the two genres of music that have been scientifically proven to help with depression and anxiety the most. Additionally, two genres of music you may not expect to greatly help are country and pop. Although Music Therapy programs are highly rated and have shown major progress in patients, these programs have been rapidly disappearing.

Aside from Musical Therapy, mental health and music coincide in other ways. Music is so diverse that almost anyone can find a genre that resonates with them personally. It's a way for us to process our emotions in a different way, whether it be with trauma, grief or even trivial things, it’s greatly influential to the human condition.

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