Individual music therapy for depression: randomised controlled trial

A study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry reports that researchers in Finland have found that music therapy can be used to improve treatment of depression, at least in the short-term.

79 participants with an ICD–10 diagnosis of depression were randomised to receive individual music therapy plus standard care (20 bi-weekly sessions) or standard care only, and followed up at baseline, at 3 months (after intervention) and at 6 months. Clinical measures included depression, anxiety, general functioning, quality of life and alexithymia.

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