How Music Therapy Helps Ease Clinical Depression

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Friday, August 06, 2010

There's more and more research indicating that listening to music can help patients manage all kinds of pain--from clinical depression to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to Parkinson's Disease. Recently, researchers in Mexico published new findings that classical music, specifically Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arcangelo Corelli and Johann Sebastian Bach, helped a group of patients control their clinical depression.

To find out how music therapy works, WNYC's Kerry Nolan talked to Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Joel Thome, who says music therapy helped his depression after a stroke, and Dr. Connie Tomaino, the executive director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in the Bronx.

Click below to listen to Bach's Italian Concerto, one of the pieces of classical music that researchers recently found helped patients control their clinical depression.

Guests:

Joel Thome and Dr. Connie Tomaino

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson
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