2006-11-01 Music may ease symptoms of schizophrenia


(Reuters) Music therapy many help to ease the depression, anxiety and emotional withdrawal symptoms of schizophrenia, British scientists said on Wednesday.

In a small study in four hospitals, researchers at Imperial College London found that encouraging patients to express themselves through music seemed to improve their symptoms.

"We have known for some time that psychological treatments can help people with schizophrenia, but these have only been used when people are fairly stable," said Dr Mike Crawford, the author of the study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.(Read entire article)

2006-11-01 Music Therapy May Help Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms


A small study, published in the November 2006 (Vol 189) issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that adding music therapy to standard treatment for acutely ill inpatients with schizophrenia provided additional benefit over standard therapy alone.

Britian's Royal College of Psychiatrists reported that Music therapy for psychiatric in-patients with schizophrenia can improve some of the symptoms of the disorder, a new study has found.

Whereas the effects of listening to music and singing have been examined among people with long-term mental health problems, the effects of ‘co-improvisational music therapy’ among people with acute schizophrenia, have not been evaluated. (Read entire article)