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Nervenarzt. 2012 Jul;83(7):855-60. doi: 10.1007/s00115-011-3472-7.

[Arts therapies in severe mental illness: are they effective?].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Institut für Sozialmedizin, Arbeitsmedizin und Public Health, Universität Leipzig, Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 55, 04103 Leipzig, Deutschland.


Arts therapies are widely used treatment strategies for people with severe mental illness. Generally, only a few randomized trials are available, however, the studies show that additional use of arts therapies reduces the appearance of negative symptoms among people with schizophrenia. The most significant evidence can be seen with music therapy. The treatment of severe depression has shown that additional music therapy improves depression. The S3 guidelines on psychosocial therapies in severe mental illness of the Germany Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology (DGPPN) recommended arts therapies are with recommendation level B.

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