People Suffering from Depression Feels Better after Listening to Sad Music, says Research

Are you suffering from depression? You must be listening to sad music quiet often. Based on the study, which has been done to know why most people turn to sentimental story when they are already unhappy.

The first part of the study, written recently in the journal Emotion, tried to restate the findings of a 2015 study that demonstrated that depressed people favoured listening to sad music. Researchers at the University of South Florida asked 76 female undergrads (half of them were diagnosed with depression) to listen to different classical music clips. “Happy” music included Jacques Offenbach’s cheerful “Infernal Gallop,” and “Sad” music consisted of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” which is almost globally thought-out to be very depressing. The scientists found that people with depression stated that they would rather listen to sad music and not happy ones.

The participants were given new clips of happy and sad instrumental music by researchers and were asked to state how the tracks made them feel. Once again, the depressed participants choose the sad music, but they also stated that the sad music made them feel happy. This questions the supposition that sad people listen to sad music to make themselves feel unhappy, when, in reality, it may be a coping mechanism.

Of course, there are certain restraints. This is a small study that only looked at female undergraduates. A lot of details aren’t available regarding why people with depression prefer sad music and how the results might alter with happy and sad music that has words.

However, it’s fascinating to find that does imitate some earlier research and could have suggestions for fields like music therapy. In this intervention, trained music therapists include music into their interactions with patients by singing, listening to music, or playing music together. It has been used for everything from pain relief to helping cancer patients. Maybe in the future there would be a greater focus on sorrowful songs.

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