2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Treating Depression with Receptive Music Therapy
Aileen R. McKenzie
Dr. Jesse Krebs, Faculty Mentor

Music therapy provides patients with an effective way of exploring and recognizing emotions, moods, and experiences. Both active and receptive forms of music therapy are used to help people of all ages with wide-ranging health care needs. Receptive approaches involve passive listening to a selection of music for an allotted amount of time. Depression, defined as a unique emotional state expressed as feelings of sadness and an inability to enjoy life, can include symptoms like loss of energy, tension, inability to concentrate, feelings of hopelessness, and loss of appetite. There are numerous studies that have been performed with participants of all ages that explore the impact that listening to music has on their symptoms related to chronic depression. In this presentation, I will discuss the current findings that support receptive music therapy as an effective method of relieving the symptoms of depression.

Keywords: music therapy , depression, psychology, music and emotion, music and mood, receptive music therapy


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 26-3
Location: VH 1010
Time: 10:00

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