Music therapy reduces depression, menopausal symptoms

Women who participated in music therapy had lower levels of depression and reduced menopausal symptoms compared with those who did not, according to findings in Menopause.

“Evidence suggests that the prevalence of depression increases during the menopausal transition and postmenopausal period, including middle age,” DeryaYüksel Koçak, PhD, assistant professor in the department of nursing at Hitit University Faculty of Health Sciences in Çorum, Turkey, and colleagues wrote.

They noted that studies have shown music’s effect on depression and menopausal symptoms separately, though “it is noteworthy that there is no study investigating the effects of … music therapy on [both] menopausal symptoms and the risk of depression in menopausal women.”

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