Music therapy can be used to improve treatment of depression, at least in the short term, say researchers in Finland.
The technique used non-verbal communication to help patients express their emotions. A study on 79 people, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, showed a greater improvement than in patients receiving standard therapy. British experts said music may engage people in ways that words cannot.
Music therapists are used, including by the NHS, to help children who struggle to communicate. Playing instruments and singing with a trained music therapist is supposed to help children express themselves.