Group drumming can help with depression and anxiety

You may want to avoid Prozac and join a drumming band instead if you’re someone who uses Prozac on a daily basis.

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You may want to consider divesting the drug, joining a drumming group, if you’re someone who uses Prozac occasionally. A recent study found that group drumming can dramatically affect the health of an individual, including changes in his depression, fear and social trust.

To check this, in their 90-minute community drumming per week, UK researchers worked with the therapy group for 10 weeks. There were roughly 16 to 20 participants in these drumming parties. A traditional African Djembe drum has been given to each member of the treatment group and the other drummers have been asked to sit in the circle.

The participants took some 20% of the lessons and speak and then played music with their drums 80% of the time.

What they find is very impressive. There was no substantial change in depression, anxiety or social resiliency by the control group, which took part in local community-related activities, such as Quiz nights, women’s groups and book clubs. On the other hand, the drumming community has dramatically changed. Three months later, during a follow-up, these positive results were observed.

There are very significant consequences for these observations. They allow us to look into a medical world that doesn’t deal with drugs. One that encourages side-effect-free care and advantages do not necessarily reduce symptoms but eradicate them.

You may want to try out a nearby drumming community if you are depressed, nervous or difficult to cope with in social settings, so you can begin playing music and potentially improve your life.

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