Ontario Music Society Recommends Music Therapy For Stress and Depression

The magic of music soothes the heart, mind, and soul, without addictive medications and side-effects
Jan. 18, 2008 - PRLog -- TORONTO - Today, Johnathan Rigby the newly-elected Chairman of the OMS urged the public to try music instead of medication in dealing with bouts of depression and common stress created from the daily pressures of life. "Whether it's the scary economy, health issues, work deadlines, or just the noisy kids getting on your nerves, a few music lessons can really help a person unwind and stave off depression" said Rigby, who went on to add, "Stress and depression are destructive forces that create harmful and sometimes contagious tensions at home and work.  We say and do dumb things under stress that we later regret, often hurting loved ones, relatives and friends.  Too many people are so quick to turn to powerful medications for a quick fix, but soon find themselves addicted to the "feel-good" pills that are nothing more than an expensive band-aid that often carry dangerous side-effects."

Citing medical research studies from Sweden, Korea, and UCLA, Rigby suggested that Music lessons provides the same stress relief as medications without masking the realities of life with drugs, and by providing a permanent long-term solution. "The medical experts agree that next to physical exercise, playing music or singing is the next best stress and depression therapy" said Riggs.  "For people who don't have the time nor money to work out in a crowded, sweaty gym, I recommend  playing some melodies or singing a few songs which is also a lot more fun. We don't advocate that people abandon their medication without first consulting with their doctors, but we do believe that most people can be gradually weened off mood-altering drugs, with mood-altering music."

A recent Health Canada poll indicates that at least 60% of Canadians admit suffering from either stress or depression, so the problem is quite common and bound to grow even more severe as economic conditions worsen. "Is it merely a coincidence that the most content and happy people in the world live in South Korea and Sweden where almost 45% of the population plays at least one musical instrument?" asks Rigby. It is interesting to note that these two countries also have two of the lowest suicide rates in the world as well.

The OMS urges anyone who has a friend or relative overwhelmed by stress or beaten down by the blues to get them to a music school.  After just three or four lessons the difference in personal disposition is usually amazing.  "And compared to the cost of current anti-depressants, a $20 music lesson once a week is probably a nice bargain"
concluded Rigby.

A handful of music schools and academies in Ontario actual provide music therapy programs found to be both effective and affordable by the OMS which is glad to make referrals to anyone interested in learning more about Music Therapy.  Those interested can call 647-295-4647 or send the OMS an email at OntarioMusicSocietyatmail.org.

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