Saturday, November 1, 2014

Study Reveals Childhood depression can be treated by Music Therapies, boosts self-esteem

From The West Side Story Posted on Oct 26 2014 - 2:10pm by Dana Lindahl
Children and adolescents suffering from childhood depression can be well treated by music therapy, a new study found. It can be very unpleasant for children to grow with behavioral disorders and tensions, but a new study conducted by researchers from the Northern Ireland, along with the Queens University at Belfast; has provided an apposite way out to treat these depressions.
The researchers observed and analyzed record of 251 subjects, accused of emotional predicaments. The study occurred between March 2011 and May 2014 and was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The research was conducted by Sam Porter, of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University who divided children into two groups. He said, “This study is hugely significant in terms of determining effective treatments for children and young people with behavioral problems and mental health needs”.

The first set received only traditional method of medication involving some natural therapies while the other set was assigned with an additional musical therapy along with conventional methods.
After the trial, surprising consequences were noted. The duster of children, who acquired musical therapy in conjunction with customary therapies, showed up an astounded self-esteem and confidence with decreased depression. While, on the contrary, the other group showed comparatively less significant results. Besides this, the children aided by musical therapies were better in communicating and interacting skills.
“This is the largest study ever to be carried out looking at music therapy’s ability to help this very vulnerable group, and is further evidence of how Queen’s University is advancing knowledge and changing lives”, said Dr. Valerie Holmes, Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, co-researcher of the study.
Music is an engrossing remedy for treatment of emotional, behavioral and developmental disorder. Till now, only theoretical proofs were available of working of musical therapies and now researchers have a pragmatic approach to the treatment. The study was presented at a conference in Riddle Hall at Queens University.

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