Brenda Fricker listens to Mozart to ease depression battle

Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker undergoes music therapy sessions in a bid to beat her longrunning battle with depression. The My Left Foot star opened up about her mental health issues in 2012, confessing she had attempted suicide dozens of times.
She is now undergoing a radical treatment in which she listens to compositions by Mozart after sessions with a psychiatrist.
Fricker tells the Irish Examiner, “There’s a doctor who guides you. He’s in the next room. You spend a lot of time talking to him before you start, and he selects certain pieces of Mozart, which he then puts together. It’s like making a cocktail of medicines for you in a way.
“You go along then and listen to what he has picked for you. It didn’t completely get rid of my depression, but it certainly helped. It would be something I’d recommend anybody to do.”
The 68 year old previously admitted her life had been shrouded by loneliness in recent years, saying, “I think friendship, it’s very strong and then it kind of gets abandoned in a way. Women are not as good at it as men… when women get married and have children they move away from their friends and they don’t stay in touch with them as much, they put their family first. And me not having children and not having a husband, being completely on my own, all my friends are married and have kids so I’m very isolated.”

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