185. Music Therapy

Music has long been known to affect mood, and now recent research shows that music can be a curative for depression in several ways.

  • Playing an instrument allows depressed people to express themselves nonverbally when they are not comfortable talking about how they feel. I know of people in depression who have been almost miraculously healed by playing the piano or a violin.
  • Listening to soothing music helps an anxious or depressed person let go of feelings that are troubling. To keep the black cloud of depression far from me, I listen to Christian and classical music before going to bed at night and during the day if I become stressed or just need a time out.
  • Sharing a deep-felt musical experience with a psychotherapist may help uncover deep hurts that have held one captive to depression…or suggest an inner understanding of deep healing motifs.

For clients I coach who are depressed, music is the one staple I suggest to every one of them, for the reasons above, but also as a jump start in moving a person out of the left hemisphere of their brain (the language venue) into the right hemisphere (the spatial, non-verbal venue).

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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