Music Therapy for Depression

In a time when music is such a big influence on society, the practice of music therapy can be more useful than ever. Nobody really acknowledges it but people are being treated for stress, depression, and pessimism through the radio. How many times have you turned on the radio or plugged your headphones in when you’ve been feeling down? Music subconsciously influences behaviors and attitudes so it’d be smart to use it to make a conscious effort to treat depression.


The music played in this video is based on the research of Dr. T. Mythily Ph.D. Dr. Mythily is a scholar, board certified music therapist, and clinical psychologist. The melody is a compilation of tonal patterns that have been studied and shown to be relaxing. Listen to this music and take note of the way you feel. I am confident that you will feel good vibrations.


Depression is a common and serious illness that interferes with daily life and causes pain for both the depressed and their loved ones. The illness tends to leave those who are sick with chronic sad and “empty” feelings. They also tend to have feelings of worthlessness and helplessness. With treatment, depression can and often does get better. The onset of depression is thought to be caused by a mix of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. In the United States, 6.7% of adults are reported to experience major depressive episodes. In addition to medicine and psychotherapy, depression can be treated by music. Music therapy is used to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a person. Some forms of music therapy include, creating, singing, moving to, and/or simply listening to music. Music as a therapy for depression is especially useful because of its ability to help lift the spirits of people and act as a diversion. People can take pride in creating music and begin feeling less worthless.

In this photograph the active approach of music therapy is displayed. The patient is shown playing a tambourine. This assists the patient in articulating their state of mind.

Music Therapy Active

In this photograph the receptive approach of music therapy is displayed. The patient is shown listening to the music therapist play guitar. This helps the patient to relax and reflect on emotions.

Music Receptive


This podcast is a short audio summary of music therapy and it’s use in context.


When I searched the hashtag “music therapy” on twitter I found endless pages of tweets using this hashtag. The tweets ranged links to music therapy articles and tweets about people self-medicating with music.

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Works Cited

“American Music Therapy Association.” American Music Therapy Association, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.

Critchley, Macdonald, and R. A. Henson. Music and the Brain: Studies in the Neurology of Music. London: Heinemann Medical, 1977. Print.

“Depression.” NIMH, n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.

Jamabo, T. A., and I. R. George. “Music as a Therapy for Depression in Women: A Theoretical Perspective.” International Journal of Academic Research 6.4 (2014): n. pag. Print.

Kurrakar, John. “Music Proved To Be Powerful Antidepressant.” N.p., 8 Aug. 2011. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.

Merzenich, Karen. “Top 12 Brain-Based Reasons Why Music as Therapy Works.” N.p., 22 Apr. 2010. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.

MusicandChants. “Music Therapy to Overcome Depression.” Online video clip., 22 Dec. 2011. Web. 1 Dec. 2014

“Music Helps Treatment of Depression.” N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.



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