The Effects Of Music Therapy On Children

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Depression is an illness that does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of socio-economic background, class, ethnicity, occupation, and gender. Statistics from Health Canada show that 16% of Canadian women and 11% of Canadian men will experience severe depression at some point in their lives (“It’s Your Health,” 2009). As the current population stands, this equates to approximately 9.5 million Canadians being affected during the course of their lifetime. In recent decades, there has been a rise to the implementation of using music therapy as a means of aiding in treatment of those suffering from depression. Characterized primarily by feelings of hopelessness and extreme sadness, loss of energy and motivation, fatigue, withdrawal from friends and family, loss of sleep, amongst other symptoms (“It’s Your Health,” 2009), depression can have a severe effect on one’s quality of life and attitude about one’s self. This effect is one that music therapy works to reverse; a process that not only has proved to be effective in helping to alleviate depressive symptoms, but also presenting a unique process through which it does so. The music therapy processed may also be enhanced in accordance with using it as a base through which to implement guided imagery into the depressed individual’s therapy, with music as the bridge in reconciling the inner reality of the individual and the externality of their treatment. While traditional methods like talk therapy as well as the use of proper medication often make strides for those battling depression, the addition of music therapy has successfully proven to further help in the effort to reduce depressive symptoms (Maratos et al., 2011). One may then question what it is that music thera... ... middle of paper ... suggests that it is an effective treatment not only for the average citizen suffering from depression, but others as well. To highlight a recent study from 2013, music therapy was shown to reduce depression amongst elderly people suffering from dementia, as well as aid in stalling the delay of their cognitive function (Chu et al., 2013). Other studies detailing the effects of music therapy on those suffering from depression in specific categories other than the elderly and working-age adults include youth with behavioral and emotional problems, as well as those suffering from schizophrenia have all shown potential. For a therapy that is as non-invasive and economically friendly as music therapy is, combined with its established potential, there needs to be a heavier implementation of it so it can be best utilized for those fighting the clutches of depression.

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