People nowadays feel depressed and anxious because of what is happening outside the streets. The corona virus has spread all over the world and almost all the countries were forced to shut down their economies and have lock down the areas with massive cases of Covid -19 . In relation to this, people who experience to be locked down are having bouts of Depression and Anxiety disorders.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY?
Depression is a serious medical illness that affects the feelings and actions of a person. Sample symptoms are loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed and the feeling of guilt or worthlessness. Anxiety is an emotion in which stress and worry are present. The symptoms of anxiety are repeated negative thoughts, sense of helplessness and confusion.
WHAT IS MUSIC AND MUSIC THERAPY?
Music is a culminating activity and an art form in which it uses sound as a medium. Example of music elements are rhythm, harmony, and pitch. Singing and playing music are examples of musical activity.
According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Music Therapy can lower the level of anxiety and lift a depressed person’s spirit. It can also be a curative and restorative intervention or method that can help ease the pains of chemotherapy and helps insomniacs go to sleep. Also, according to the American Cancer Society, music therapy can also be recognized as a medical tool used on relieving aches and symptoms while augmenting a person’s joy and general well being.
Music Therapy can also be used as a personal energy booster. For example, listening to a favorite song brings your energy and emotions in front of your mind. It can also boost your adrenalin and stimulate your brain.
Colleges and universities worldwide offer a bachelor’s degree to study music for music therapy especially in Canada. Some people are pursuing music thanatology to help give palliative care and terminal patients and their loved ones.