Art, Music, DancePsychosis

Group music therapy for schizophrenia

Musical activity diminished negative symptoms and improved interpersonal contact, according to researchers in Bedburg-Hau, Germany.

First, the details.

  • 37 patients with psychotic disorders were randomly assigned to music therapy or a control group.
  • Both groups received medication and treatment indicated for their disorder.

And the results.

  • The patients reported significant benefits of music therapy on their psychosocial orientation and on their negative symptoms.
  • No differences were found in the quality of life.

The bottom line?
The authors concluded that the “positive effects of music therapy could increase the patient’s abilities to adapt to the social environment in the community after discharge from the hospital.”

An earlier review agreed that music can play a positive role in the treatment of psychosis symptoms. Furthermore, it supported the potential of popular music, as well as classical music, to contribute to mental health and well-being.

2/11/08 20:11 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.