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

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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