A Pilot Study of Therapeutic Effects of Indian Classical Raga on Depression, Anxiety and Stress among Adults
Indian classical music is emerging as a therapeutic agent in mental health and well-being. This pilot study aims to see the therapeutic effect of Indian classical raga on depression, anxiety and stress among adults. For the study, 20 participants were randomly selected then participants were divided into two groups; the intervention group and the control group. The intervention group received raga Ahir Bhairav with standard care and the control group received only standard care. Standard care includes pharmacology and psychiatrists counselling. To measure depression, anxiety and stress DASS-42 was used at baseline and after treatment. Results stated that there is a significant decrease in depression, anxiety and stress following raga therapy. Thus the raga is an inexpensive, non-invasive, safe adjunct to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
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