Study shows how to beat depression - literally

MUSIC therapy involving improvisation with percussion instruments and drums is a useful adjunct to drugs and counselling, psychiatrists say.

In a trial in Finland, patients with depression randomised to receive individual music therapy as well as standard care had a fourfold greater improvement in symptoms and general functioning compared to those receiving standard care alone.

The study, involving 79 patients, with the music therapy group participating in at least 15 sessions, found improvement after three months, but no difference between the groups at six months.

"We found that people often expressed their