Can Tomatis Help with Depression in Children?
Does Your Child Struggle with Depression? First what is Depression?
Depression is a disorder with many faces and a host of symptoms, many of which overlap other conditions. Treatment of depression can be pharmaceutical or psychotherapeutic and the choice of therapies is often based on the wants of the patient coupled with the recommendations of a doctor. For children, it is often up to the parents to decide on the best approach.
If you are like many parents and do not want to consider medicating your child as a first resort to treatment, you might want to consider an alternate method called TOMATIS® Sound Therapy.
What is TOMATIS®?
TOMATIS® was developed and introduced approximately 50 years ago by Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis. It is centred on the theory that a person’s ability to process sound – to listen properly to all the sounds around them – has a direct correlation to how the brain processes other signals. It is therefore possible to treat certain emotional and mental disorders without drugs by simply re-teaching the brain fundamental processes all people learn in utero.
Hearing and Depression
When one thinks of the ear, it is oft regarded as simply an instrument of hearing. This is its most obvious and base function, but it does more than that. The ears are responsible for sending signals to the brain and they are responsible for helping us maintain good balance (staying on our feet). Moreover, our ears act as a catalyst for recharging the brain. When that doesn’t happen, or when it doesn’t happen properly, the result could be, and often is, depression.
Dr. Tomatis refers to high audio frequencies as “charging sounds.” The average person who receives a steady stream of activation tends to be more focused and alert. They do not tend to become depressed. People whose ears do not voluntarily pick up on these “charging sounds” fail to “recharge” at necessary intervals, which leads to depression.
Low frequencies, in contrast, actually deplete energy; they slow things down to the point where a person can feel unmotivated, lethargic and depressed. Since the ears process low frequencies much easier than high ones, people who do not get enough high frequency stimulation to balance out the low frequencies are far more disposed to being depressed.
The Dual Advantage of TOMATIS® for Depression
The TOMATIS® Sound Therapy method not only exercises the ears, but also works with the body on an emotional level. Emotional blocks can effectively stifle an individual’s ability to listen. These blocks can form when a person is very young and go undetected for years. The good news is that a perceptive parent can often recognise depression symptoms in his or her child early on and seek necessary intervention.
For emotional disorders, TOMATIS® employs specific types of music paired with customised frequency fluctuations to illicit both a physical and an emotional response from the listener. The benefits of this kind of therapy often outweigh or, at a minimum, compliment the effects of medication or other therapies and produce long-term results.