Depression is a widely prevalent mental disorder, having a shockingly high prevalence among college students. Depression has an abundance of symptoms that can greatly decrease the quality of life in many individuals. Depression is one of the more treatable mental disorders; however, the stigma of pursuing psychotherapy may hinder many individuals from getting the help that they need. In light of the many problems surrounding depression, music therapy can be an alternative form of treatment that can address these issues. Researchers have found that music therapy can be more effective in treating depression in comparison to the current standard treatment consisting of psychotherapy and medication. It has also been found that music therapy is able to help individuals feel less stigmatized when pursuing therapy. This review will further investigate the symptoms and possible factors for the unusually high prevalence of depression in college students. It will also look at the implications that music therapy can have in the lives of individuals who struggle with depression.

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