Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Music helps to reduce teenager's depression

Anxiety and depression bound patients can be helped with music therapy that can altering brain patterns and offer theapeutic help. Florida Atlantic University, USA has prompted researchers to investigate the beneftis of these therapies. They have monitored depressed teenagers brain acitivity. It is understood that EEG asymmetry, specifically greater relative right frontal activation, is associated with negative emotions and depression. The examination of depressed adults invariably shows this phenomenon. Therefore, the researchers decided to assess the effects of massage therapy and music therapy on frontal EEG asymmetry in thirty depressed teenagers. It all showing greater relative right frontal EEG activation and symptoms of depression.

Out of thirty, sixteen were given music and fourteen were give massage therapies. Three minute periods before, during and after each therapy session, EEG levels were recorded.

Results clearly shown that the frontal EEG asymmetry was drastically improved during and after the massage and music sessions. Close reviewal should happen to include these therapies in conventional treatment programmes.

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