Group Drumming Can Improve Mental Health, Reduce Inflammation…

Drumming and mental healthWho doesn’t love some good music? Well, actually there are people who legitimately dislike music. But for most of us, listening to music feels good and releases dopamine in our brains. There’s also growing evidence that both playing and listening to music can improve our overall mental health. For this reason, many scientists over the last few years have started looking into music therapy as a way of helping people with a range of disorders, including anxiety, schizophrenia and ADHD. The latest good news for music as mental health intervention comes from a team of researchers at Royal College of Music, Imperial College London and University College London. In a study just published, they recruited thirty experimental subjects and fifteen control subjects for ten weeks of group drumming sessions. At weeks six and ten, they measured several aspects of the participants’ overall mental health. Here’s what they found: – At week six, the participants scored lower on measures of depression and higher on measures of social resilience than when they’d started the study. By week ten, their scores had improved even more. – At week ten, the participants scored lower on anxiety and higher on general mental well-being than in the beginning. – These changes were still present three months after the drumming sessions ended. In other words, the group drumming improved people’s social resilience, anxiety, depression and mental well-being. It took more time for the changes in anxiety and mental well-being to become apparent than the changes in social resilience and depression, but all […]
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