How Music Can Fight Depression

Depression isn't just a matter of feeling blue. It's an actual mental health condition that impacts millions of people every year and that will touch a sizeable percentage of the population at some time or another throughout their lives. There are many different things that people can do to help them to overcome this very difficult emotional battle. That said, there is no single cure or trick that will reverse the effects of the condition. It takes a number of different influences and efforts.


Not all of these efforts are easy – particularly when it can be difficult to get out of bed every morning – but some are more pleasant than others. Music, for example, can be a soothing and healing therapy for people with depression. Just as it can help to make your housecleaning more tolerable and can power you through that extra five minutes of your workout, it can also help your mind to choose a better emotional path.


Music is a nearly magical thing. It can bring about almost any human emotion, depending on the tune, the lyrics, and the unique impact that the song has on the individual. For people with depression, these sweet audio patterns can help to break out of the deafening silence and can drag the brain patterns back up into a better place. It will certainly not miraculously cure the condition but it can help to make the days easier, and can infuse some more pleasant moments into each day. The more pleasantness a person can experience each day, the easier it will be to build motivation to tackle what life has to offer.

One of the key tricks is to avoid the tendency to listen to depressing music that will reflect the current mood. The point is not to express what is currently being felt. It is to infuse a more positive mood and feeling into the mind. Music that is inspiring, empowering, strengthening, or that is just plain happy, in the form of a song that the listener actually likes based on his or her personal taste, can have an immediate impact on perspective, mood, and motivation.

If you are hoping to use music to help to combat your own depression, you can carefully choose some tunes that will help you to pick up and feel better. Be experimental and listen to many different kinds of songs, paying attention to the way that they make you feel. Sing or hum along with them if you can. If you don't feel that you can find the songs that you need on your own, there are music therapists who can help to advise.