Art, Music, Exercise, and More: What Are the Recommended Doses for Improving Mental Health?

This article has been written by Amy Biancolli and published by Mad in America. It begins: “Those in the psychiatric profession are accustomed to talking about dose-response in terms of prescribed treatment — so many sessions per week, so many milligrams…
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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

This book has been written by Daniel J. Levitin. The publishers say: “In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the…
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A Prescription for Music Lessons

This studies review from Dr. Debra Shipman has been published by Federal Practitioner. It concludes: “A healthful lifestyle includes holistically addressing issues pertaining to mental and physical well-being. Learning how to play a musical instrument is a workout for the brain, just…
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“Music often works when words don’t – and we should shout about how crucial it can be to wellbeing”

This article appears on the website of the College of Medicine and Integrated Health. Dr Simon Procter is Director of Music Services for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. Here, he explains the social value of music… “For many people who face health problems or…
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Dear Doctor

Toronto-born hip hop emcee/rapper and psychotherapist MC FÜBB – pronounced “emcee foob”; aka Daniel Farb – has released a new music track (and accompanying video) called Dear Doctor. The introduction to the 4 minute music video says: “Speaking from the perspective…
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Mental Health, Psychiatry and the Arts: A Teaching Handbook

This teaching handbook has been edited by Victoria Tischler. The publishers say: “This comprehensive book explores how visual art, cinema, music, poetry, literature and drama can inform the teaching and practice of psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Edited and written by…
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Drum Lessons Can Help Autistic Kids In School

Janice Wood, writing on the PsychCentral website , reports that: “Playing the drums for an hour a week can help autistic children learn in school, according to a new study. The study, from researchers at the University of Chichester and University Centre Hartpury in England,…
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